Second child flu death in Arkansas as season total climbs to 106

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A second child flu death has been reported in Arkansas as the season total climbs to 106.

The Week 15 flu report released Tuesday by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) also included five adults. The ADH says 71 percent of the adults were unvaccinated or had an unknown vaccine history.

The report shows the average school absenteeism rate last week was 5.6 percent among public schools. As of April 16, ADH says it is aware that 28 schools closed briefly due to the flu this season.

In Week 15, counties reporting influenza cases totaled 42, with the majority of reports from Pulaski, Crittenden, White, Craighead, Garland, Independence, and Johnson counties.

The report shows that among flu antigen tests that can distinguish between influenza A and B virus types, 93 percent were influenza A, and 7 percent were influenza B.

During the flu season the ADH produces a Weekly Influenza Report on flu activity in the state. The report also compares influenza like illness (ILI) in Arkansas to activity in the U.S. ADH says it receives reports of only a fraction of flu cases. 

Click here for the Week 15 Arkansas flu report.

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