Death toll due to flu now stands at 184 in Arkansas

Flu Season Peaks

Public health officials announced five more flu-related deaths, and roughly 900 more lab-confirmed cases of the flu, signaling what officials called a slowdown to a flu season expected to last several more weeks. "There still is a lot of flu out there", Dr. Alicia Fry, who works in the influenza division at the CDC, said Friday, according to NPR.

Meanwhile, officials say the number of confirmed flu cases appears to be leveling off.

In Arkansas, the number of patients visiting emergency rooms with high fevers and coughs or sore throats during the week that ended Saturday fell by 47 percent compared with the previous week, from 1,101 to 581, the state Health Department reported.

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"We are clearly on the downturn, by all indicators", he said.

Campbell County Health recommends that people don't visit if they're feeling sick, and there are masks and hand sanitizer available throughout the hospital, offices and clinic buildings.

The CDC said last month that the flu vaccine has only been 36 percent effective. Even, health officials said that yet it is not so late to get vaccinations.

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Three other Arkansas children or teenagers have also died from the flu this season, including two others who were age 5-18 and one child younger than 5. According to CDC, 9 percent of deaths in the USA were caused by diseases such as pneumonia and flu. The number of people going to the doctor with symptoms of the flu has continued to decline.

Nineteen more cases were reported last week, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, raising the total to 169 deaths during the current influenza season which began in October.

While flu in DE continues to be widespread, the Division of Public Health (DPH) announces single-week flu numbers are finally starting to drop.

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