Flu season worst in past 17 seasons, 122 confirmed deaths in Arkansas

Flu deaths continue to rise in Arkansas

The number of people to have died after contracting flu in the United Kingdom this winter is the highest in decades - and is now over 200.

However, the second grade teacher thought it "cost too much" according to her husband Frank, who eventually bought his wife the medication on Thursday when her symptoms did not ease up.

"Influenza is an extremely serious, and sometimes deadly, disease, and this flu season has been proven to be particularly severe", said Dr. Howard Haft, deputy secretary for Public Health Services.

"We can't predict a peak", Taylor said.

"This is the busiest flu season that I can recall since being in business since 1978", said pharmacist Gerry Acampora, owner of North Haven Pharmacy.

Just as influenza, adenoviruses could cause pneumonia and with an even more complicated outcome, it could develop encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and meningitis (inflammation of the tissues that surround the brain). But health officials say they can not accurately assess the effectiveness of the vaccine for at least another couple of weeks.

Roz Hutchinson, a spokeswoman with Via Christi, said the hospital does not release information to the public regarding pediatric flu deaths.

The flu is a respiratory virus that can either be mild or severe.

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At Christopher Newport University, 33 confirmed cases of students having the flu have been reported, less than 1 percent of the population.

Majority said they are making certain employees take the necessary precautions in terms of sanitizing their hands and their work areas.

"If you've ever had the flu, you don't ever want it again", she said. "There's not been any substantial decline". In Delaware, the number of hospitalizations as of January 27 is 398, more than double last year's total of 158 for the same timeframe.

Taylor urges everyone to get the flu shot and take preventative measures such as washing your hands and covering coughs or sneezes. The flu can be passed on before you know you are sick and after the virus enters the body.

Flu symptoms are present for 5-7 days, however, you are contagious a day before you show symptoms.

Go to cdc.gov and type "influenza" in the search box. So the flu spreads better when the weather is colder and we had some very cold weather hit us right as the flu started to increase.

Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time. The authors also noted that by mutating the 3D shape of the virus, they could inhibit reproduction.

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