Flu activity is 'widespread' statewide. Still time to get vaccine, officials say

Flu activity is 'widespread' statewide. Still time to get vaccine, officials say

Flu activity is 'widespread' statewide. Still time to get vaccine, officials say

There were 234 cases of influenza reported during the week that ended December 16, according to the Health Department's weekly influenza summary.

Last week, the GP consultation rate for ILI increased to 20.3 per 100,000 population, up from 6.8 per 100,000 the previous week.

The week ending November 25 saw 204 flu and flu-like cases reported in the county.

Reported cases are slightly higher than this time a year ago; however, influenza activity typically does increase in December.

Other symptoms include a cough, stuffy nose, sore throat, and sneezing. Also, experts suggest getting the flu shot.

"If you need to visit your GP or the emergency department, please phone first to explain that you might have flu".

Many Arkansans will be getting something they didn't really ask for this Christmas - the flu.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

As a bonus, when you are vaccinated, you are contributing to the immunity of the "herd", meaning that the more members vaccinated the less the disease spreads and the greater the protection afforded to the younger and older members of the population. Opponents say the potential for complications does not make the risk worthwhile.

"We have very good systems with our colleagues in Europe that show this, and last season we had a very major excess number of deaths as a result of the flu, around 1,000".

The Peterson Health staff has the following pieces of advice, saying the flu can knock you off your feet; but knowing how to pamper oneself can help you feel better faster. It takes two weeks for immunity to develop.

Children may experience nausea and vomiting.

Eat well and drink lots of fluids, such as water, soup and caffeine-free drinks. Acetaminophen can tackle a fever and minor aches. She has worked at Peterson Health for about one year.

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