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1:17 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Oklahoma Influenza Death Count Grows To Six This Season

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The Oklahoma Department of Health is reporting four more deaths due to influenza in the state. 

The department said Thursday that six people have now died as a result of the flu during the season that began Sept. 28. Each person who died was 65-years-old or older.

Two of the deaths were reported in Garfield County and one each in Carter, Oklahoma, Payne, and Stephens counties.

Nearly 140 people have also been hospitalized due to the flu.

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Oklahoma News
6:42 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Oklahoma Aging Advocacy Academy Accepting 2015 Applicants

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The Oklahoma Aging Advocacy Leadership Academy is accepting applications for its class of 2015.

The academy provides free training for individuals to become volunteer community leaders and advocates for Oklahoma's aging population. Applications are being accepted until Dec. 31.

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Health
8:03 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Oklahoma Above U.S. Average For Health Security

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health says the state's overall health security exceeds the National Health Security Preparedness Index average.

The index measures the nation's readiness to protect people during a health emergency or disaster. The index reports Oklahoma as rating at or above the national average in 12 health security measures.

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Oklahoma News
6:02 am
Sun November 30, 2014

Oklahoma Receives CDC Funding To Gather Data To Help Prevent Violent Deaths

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) will receive $1.15 million over five years from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to gather critical data on homicide and suicide using the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS).

In Oklahoma, suicide is the leading manner of violent death. In 2012, more than 650 Oklahomans died by suicide. The OSDH will use NVDRS data to support suicide prevention programs of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. 

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Health
1:07 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Four New Flu Hospitalizations According To Deptartment Of Health

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports four new hospitalizations due to the flu this season.

The department said Wednesday that 24 people have now been hospitalized this season, which began Sept. 28.

The department says there have been no deaths due to the flu thus far, after a record 61 people died in the state due to flu last flu season. The previous record of 46 deaths was recorded in the 2009 flu season — the year the state began tracking the statistic.

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State Health Services
9:09 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Julie Cox-Kain Named Deputy Secretary Of HHS

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Oklahoma's commissioner of health has named a new deputy.

Dr. Terry Cline, commissioner of health and secretary of health and human services, appointed Julie Cox-Kain as his deputy secretary of health and human services.

Cox-Kain also becomes senior deputy commissioner for the Oklahoma Department of Health. She has served as chief operating officer for the agency since 2009.

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Health
1:05 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Oklahoma Flu Deaths Rise By 8 To 33 Since Sept. 29

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The Oklahoma Department of Health says eight people have died from the flu during the past week.

The agency reported Thursday that a total of 33 people have died from the flu in the state since Sept. 29. A total of 975 people have either died or been hospitalized due to the virus during the period.

The deaths include two children aged 4 or younger, eight people in the 18-49 age range, 13 people aged 50-64 and 10 people 65 years old or older.

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Health
12:18 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Oklahoma Health Department Says 12 Have Died From Flu

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The Oklahoma Department of Health says influenza has claimed 12 lives and forced the hospitalization of 399 people since the ongoing flu season began.

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Oklahoma Watch
9:01 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Government Shutdown Could Curb Benefits For Oklahoma Women, Children

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If the partial shutdown of the federal government continues for weeks, it could lead to cutbacks in the federally funded program that helps low-income women, infants and children in Oklahoma, officials said Wednesday.

One possible result could be limiting the aid provided under the federal Women, Infants and Children program to only one or two of those groups, such as infants.

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Dentist Investigation
11:32 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Oklahoma Says Hepatitis C Was Spread At Dental Clinic

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Oklahoma health officials say a dentist's office shut down for unsafe practices last spring is responsible for the first known transmission of hepatitis C from one dental patient to another.

The state epidemiologist said Tuesday that genetic testing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that the virus was passed at the Tulsa-area offices of Dr. W. Scott Harrington.

Health officials said the use of unsanitary equipment led to cross-contamination between patients.

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