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21 Flu Deaths Confirmed in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The number of flu deaths this season has jumped again. As of Thursday, 21 have died according to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH).
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The number of flu deaths this season has jumped again. As of Thursday, 21 have died according to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH).

The confirmed cases have been recorded since Sept. 29.

In a Monday news conference, the ADH said this year’s flu season is causing severe illness and death in adults between the ages of 25 and 50. The ADH says multiple hospitalizations in the 25-50 group have also been reported.

The most frequently seen flu strain this year is H1N1, which disproportionately affects young to middle-aged adults and pregnant women. There are multiple factors that may explain why younger, healthier people are affected this year. One observation is that only 30 percent of individuals in this age group have been vaccinated against seasonal flu this year.

The ADH says the flu is widespread across the state and that this season's numbers so far are similar to last year in terms of flu activity and number of cases.   The 2012-2013 flu season was one of the worst in the past three decades, according to the ADH.
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