Health officials warn of rise in influenza, urge vaccinations

Flu Deaths Rise in MO and AR
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07 February, 2018

The Health Department says its numbers represent only a fraction of flu illnesses since most people do not go to a doctor. "If you do get sick, stay home from work or school until you recover".

The influenza outbreak continues to worsen in our state. State laboratories performed a total of 370 tests for influenza and 246 were positive.

Health departments in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh counties are offering free flu vaccines for those without insurance.

For more information visit the Coastal Health District site here.

Smith also said that the number of deaths likely will get much higher before the season is over.

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The Arkansas Health Department says it's recorded almost 30 more flu-related deaths over the past week, bringing the total number this season to 122.

The hope is to provide some additional protection and possibly reduce the spread of the virus and the length of the flu season.

Visitors exhibiting flu symptoms - including fever, runny nose, cough or sore throat - are not permitted to visit patients in any UM Shore Regional Health facility.

"Proper hand washing is the best technique for keeping flu from spreading", Dr. Webster said.

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