Arkansas Child Flu Deaths Grows to Five

  • Arkansas Child Flu Deaths Grows to Five

Arkansas Child Flu Deaths Grows to Five

Public health officials remind the public that there are several weeks remaining in the flu season, and the number of hospitalizations and deaths will continue to increase.

By mid-February the Department of Health started to see a decline in the number of flu cases in Wyoming, but it's too soon to know for certain whether the flu has peaked statewide, Deti said. Since October, 23,324 people have been hospitalized for influenza-associated complications. "This is why we have to get vaccinated every year, because the flu virus is notorious for changing".

Dr. Richard Wallace at UT Health North Campus Tyler said there's still a possibility of getting the flu. But health officials are tracking only regional or local activity.

The CDC said last month that the flu vaccine has only been 36 percent effective. "There still is a lot of flu out there", Dr. Alicia Fry, who works in the influenza division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday, according to NPR.

Meanwhile, information reported by doctor's offices and hospitals indicated the number of new cases continued declining.

Nationally, the disease is "widespread" in 45 states and Puerto Rico.

The flu-related deaths of five more Arkansans, including two children under 19, were reported to the state Department of Health in the past week, raising the total death toll from this year's flu season to 184. That will also help prevent the spread of other respiratory viruses that circulate during the winter, he said.

CDC officials are still recommending that unvaccinated people get the flu shot before the season's end.

In a bad season, there are as many as 56,000 deaths connected to the flu.