Pa. says its bad flu-season has 'peaked'

Flu claims 5 more lives, tying highest death total ever recorded in Delaware

The death toll in Arkansas last month surpassed the 110 people who died in the 2014-15 season, which had been the state's deadliest since the state Department of Health began tracking flu deaths in 2000. "So, no; at this point we have not seen the downturn".

Brown says because this flu season has been particularly bad, it may help spur changes and developments in making better flu vaccines. The Department of Health has yet to release data for the last few weeks, so it doesn't know how the season has progressed since the initial decline in flu cases. "There still is a lot of flu out there", Dr. Alicia Fry, who works in the influenza division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday, according to NPR.

Additionally, there were 893 new cases added to the now 6,674 lab-confirmed instances of influenza, which is the highest since those numbers were tracked, which started during the 2004-2005 season.

It had been driven by a kind of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths, and officials lately are seeing less of that.

Hospitalizations for the flu were also down more than 50 percent. Since October, 23,324 people have been hospitalized for influenza-associated complications.

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This flu season is breaking records and experts say it's not slowing down.

Anyone interested in receiving a flu shot at no cost should contact the Garvin County Health Department at 405-238-7346, for clinic times and further information.

Simpson said the best ways to prevent the flu from spreading are by getting a flu shot, washing your hands, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze and staying home when you are sick.

Flu is a contagious respiratory illness, spread by a virus.

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