6 deaths linked to flu in Arkansas, health department says

Henrietta Strickland
December 5, 2019

The flu season normally starts towards the end of the fall, but seasonal influenza is reportedly starting much earlier this year.

The latest weekly data from Public Health England show the hospitalisation rate from flu is now at "moderate intensity" - 4.3 admissions per 100,000 people, up from 1.4 admissions per 100,000 two weeks before.

The Arkansas Department of Health says the deaths have all occurred in people 45-years-or older.

Last night health officials urged parents to come forward and ensure children receive vaccinations.

To date, only one of the six people who have died since July was vaccinated. According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, that's twice the number of people who had died at the same point in the season a year ago. This season, there have been 930 flu cases reported, which is more than double the amount of reported cases at this time previous year.

County health officials also remind locals to help prevent catching the flu by washing their hands thoroughly, using hand sanitizers, stay away from others who may be sick, cleaning commonly touched surfaces, and to avoid touching their face. To date, San Diego County's immunization registry has recorded 860,286 doses delivered so far across the region.

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