Arkansas Dept. of Health reporting widespread flu activity

Arkansas Dept. of Health reporting widespread flu activity
Health officials in the north country say there are more confirmed cases of the flu this year than there were last year at this time. (Source: wwny)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) -Flu season arrived earlier than expected, with the CDC reporting 4.6 million cases of the flu so far this season.

In Arkansas, flu season typically doesn’t peak until January, but there have been over 3,000 cases reported since September.

Dr. Jennifer Dillaha with the Arkansas Dept. of Health told KATV those who received the flu shot are covered, even though it’s only 50% effective so far.

“So far, I’m not hearing any cause for alarm, but of course, flu, anytime, is a serious illness,” Dillaha said.

Dillaha also said the main goal of the flu shot is to reduce the severity of the flu and prevent hospitalization.

It takes around two weeks for the flu shot to take effect.

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