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Flu season worst in past 17 seasons, 122 confirmed deaths in Arkansas

08 February 2018

Current flu activity in the state is considered high and widespread, according to the state's health department.

As the season continues and is lasting so long Dr. Wheeler hopes more people will go and get vaccinated.

According to the CDC, vaccination plays a critical role in the fight against the flu. Health department clinics across the state are providing vaccines at no charge.

"This is a very hard season", Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a conference call with reporters last week. Among the 48 states for which information was available, Arkansas' percentage was the fifth-highest, behind Kentucky, Texas, Alabama and Louisiana.

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"I think a lot of people, rightfully so, are choosing to stay home and not get tested, perhaps in collaboration with their physician".

A total of 518 flu-associated hospitalizations were reported by 49 hospitals this season, with in the past week. Most hadn't gotten a flu shot. "If you have a high-risk condition, do not forget to keep a safe distance from individuals who have flu-like symptoms".

So far, there has only been one pediatric death in Hillsborough County caused by the flu.

Dr. Suzanne Kaneshiro, Department of Public Health and Social Services Chief Public Health Officer, said there hasn't been unusual activity on Guam.

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To minimize your risk of catching or transmitting the flu, first know that it is not too late to get vaccinated.

Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes, which can allow for the germs on your hands to enter into your body which can make you sick. The influenza virus spreads when people with a flu cough, sneeze or talk to others when they are sick.

Health departments in several southeast Georgia counties, including Camden and Glynn, will offer free flu shots from 8 a.m.to 3 p.m. Friday to those ages 3 and older who do not have insurance, the Georgia Department of Public Health said. For example, clean/disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.

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Flu season worst in past 17 seasons, 122 confirmed deaths in Arkansas