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Arkansas flu deaths increase as season continues
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Arkansas flu deaths increase as season continues

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) – As of Thursday, 14 flu deaths have been reported in the state of Arkansas.

According to Cathy Flanagin with the Health Department, six of the deaths were people over the age of 65, four were between 45 and 54, and the other were between 25 and 44. Flanagin said this year's strain is affecting children and older people more.

1st flu deaths of season reported in Arkansas 

Arkansas Children's Hospital said 116 children have tested positive for influenza through testing in their emergency department since late September and 59 positive results in the ACH outpatient clinics. Thirty-three children were admitted with influenza between Dec. 21 and Dec. 27.

Spokesperson Hilary DeMillo said staffing has been increased at the hospital to meet the demands of flu season and to ensure that Arkansas children stay healthy.

Over 5,400 flu cases reported in Arkansas since September 

North Little Rock School District saw an increase in flu cases the week before Christmas break. Upon arrival back to school next week, the school is reminding parents to not send children to school with a fever until they have remained fever free without the use of medication for 24 hours. If a student is experiencing flu symptoms such as fever, cough, and body aches, the school asks parents to take their child to a physician.

Arkansans are still encouraged to get their flu shots because the shot may prevent the flu and can make symptoms better.

DeMillo said parents should encourage their children to wash their hands frequently and cover their coughs.



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