EL DORADO, ARK. (KTVE/KARD) — Over 2,400 flu cases were reported to the Arkansas Department of Health for the week ending November 25, 2022. Despite the large number of cases reported, health officials say that this number only represents a portion of the actual flu case numbers in the state.
“Locally we see a rise… It’s mostly Flu-A. We are just encouraging people to get the flu vaccine to protect themselves and those they love,” said ER Director Hilary Franks.
For this past week, Arkansas was classified as “Very High” or 12 out of 13 for the Influenza-Like-Illness (ILI) activity level indicator determined by data reported to ILINet. Over 11,900 positive flu tests have been reported to the ADH since October 2, 2022.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that this season, there have been at least 6.2 million illnesses, 53,000 hospitalizations, and 2,900 deaths from flu.
“Wash your hands, do not get in close contact with others… You can wear your mask. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Don’t go out in public until you are fever free for at least 24 hours,” explained Franks.