The Arkansas Health Department says 52 people have died from influenza so far this flu season.
Officials said Tuesday that there's about one week left in peak flu season and the toll could still rise. Last flu season, 61 people in Arkansas died from the respiratory virus.
Little Rock television station KTHV reports that most of people who developed fatal infections were adults between ages of 25 and 62.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta says the flu is classified as widespread in Arkansas.
The agency says people not getting vaccinated are contributing to the spread of the disease.