Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Medical | By Alyssa Little

CDC officials say flu season has finally peaked

CDC officials say flu season has finally peaked

Wyoming remains one of several states with high and widespread flu activity, according to Kim Deti, spokeswoman for the Department of Health.

The number of flu cases reported during the week leading up to Saturday was less than the half number reported at the peak. This year's US flu season got off to an early start, and it's been driven by a nasty type of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths than other common flu bugs. That's a lot of cases.

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

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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Wallace said though people are less likely to get the flu towards the end of the season, they should still remain cautious and stay away from people with flu-like symptoms.

Other states, especially out west, are showing decreased cases of the flu.

Those patients also made up a smaller percentage of all emergency room patients, with the percentage falling from 5.4 percent to 3.1 percent.

Additionally, there were 893 new cases added to the now 6,674 lab-confirmed instances of influenza, which is the highest since those numbers were tracked, which started during the 2004-2005 season.

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Anyone interested in receiving a flu shot at no cost should contact the Garvin County Health Department at 405-238-7346, for clinic times and further information.

The season apparently peaked in early February and has been fading since, health officials said last week.

Of the 184 Arkansans who have died from the flu this season, 38 had been vaccinated and 76 had not.

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