Published: Wed, January 31, 2018
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

Arkansas Flu Deaths Rise To 94, Record Number Expected This Season

Arkansas Flu Deaths Rise To 94, Record Number Expected This Season

The state's surgeon general, Dr. Greg Bledsoe, said it wasn't too late to receive a flu shot, and Dr. Nathaniel Smith, the Health Department director and the state's chief health officer, said that by this time of the flu season Arkansas typically has seen only about a third of the deaths from flu.

The CDC reports that over a three-decade period starting in the mid-1970s, the number of flu deaths in the USA ranged from a low of about 3,000 a year to as many as 49,000 in a bad year.

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The CDC has said any indications of an early season peak should be balanced against the fact that this flu season is expected to last at least 12 more weeks.

Adenoviruses, unlike the flu, are not seasonal and can cause illness anytime throughout the year. Children younger than 5 years and children of any age with certain long-term health problems are at high risk of flu complications like pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Influenza symptoms include fever, cough, muscle aches, sore throat, chills and headache. Patients should also have their insurance card with them and wear clothes that make it easy to expose the upper arm.

"It's the multitude of symptoms combined that leaves a person feeling really weak and exhausted".

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Among 261 confirmed serious flu complication cases and 40 deaths caused by the flu reported since October 1 past year, about 80 percent were influenza B virus infections, she said.

Experts think the baby boomers might not have gotten exposed to a key virus strain when they were kids, and it's making it harder for them to fight off this year's flu.

The CDC recommends that people recovering from the flu stay home up to 48 hours after their fever has subsided to help prevent co-workers, classmates and others from getting sick as well.

Most children today probably have their first exposure to flu not through a full-blown illness, but through the flu vaccines they can get once they reach six months old.

For the second year in a row, health officials advise against using the non-injectable influenza vaccine FluMist, which is primarily given to children.

It's great preparation if you're exposed to another flu that's just like the initial imprinted strain, but not if you catch a different strain. Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizers.

"In addition to the flu vaccine, there are some everyday preventative actions that you can take to help prevent getting the germs that cause respiratory illnesses, like the flu", Wells wrote in an email to the A-J.

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