A total of 7 influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported to the CDC for the 2018-2019 flu season.
The reported death involves a child from Osceola County who was infected with influenza A/H1N1.
The CDC said there's still time for all unvaccinated persons over the age of 6 months to get the seasonal flu vaccine.
When you get a flu shot you're not only protecting yourself, but also everybody you come into contact with, Redfield said.
Oklahoma health officials say 10 people have died during the current flu season which began September 1. The 2017-2018 flu season killed the most people since the 1970s, the CDC also said at the time. That means health care workers who have not gotten a flu shot must wear surgical masks around patients until further notice. An interactive map for help finding a provider near you that vaccinates uninsured adults can be found on the Vaccines for Adults without Insurance Site Finder.
People under the age of 45 were the least likely to report being vaccinated.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year's flu season was estimated to be the deadliest since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.
A majority of the positive influenza specimens confirmed by MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories this flu season have been an H1N1 virus.
Fifty-six percent of those who did not receive a shot cited what the survey called "a common misperception" about the vaccine to explain why they hadn't done so. The flu vaccine is inactive and can not cause the infection. "But remember, it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to take full effect". Those at high-risk for complications include patients 65 and older, people with chronic medical issues, pregnant women and children younger than 5.