Arkansas Flu Deaths Up To 25, Health Officials Report

Jan 25, 2015

The Arkansas Department of Health says 25 people have died from flu-related illness in the state so far this season.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the Health Department released its weekly influenza report on Friday. Of the 25 deaths, officials say 19 of the victims were over age 65, four were 45 to 65 years old and two were between the ages of 25 and 44.

The Arkansas Department of Health tracks the flu for one calendar year starting on Sept. 28, as well as from September through March.

Department spokesman Kerry Krell says vaccinations could still be beneficial. Although the vaccine does not protect against this season's most prominent strain of the virus, officials say it can still help decrease the severity of the illness.