Influenza has hit the Natural State with five confirmed deaths from complications of the flu and outbreaks of the disease reported in every county of the state, according to Ann Russell, Director of Communications, from the Arkansas Department of Health.
Russell says this is the peak of the flu season in Arkansas, which traditionally runs from November to March, but it is not too late to get a flu shot. She says everyone should get a flu shot, especially certain individuals, like pregnant women. Others who should get immunized for the flu are the elderly and anyone with a compromised immune system, according to Russell. Flu vaccines are still available, she says.
Russell says there are anti-viral medications available but they will not prevent the flu, only lessen the severity of the illness.