On Monday, the Division of Public Health announced five more deaths for the 2017-218 flu season, bringing the total to 28-which ties the highest flu-related death total since they have been tracked, recorded in 2014-2015.
That's according to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) in its latest statewide flu report. "So, no; at this point we have not seen the downturn".
Nationally, public health officials last week said the worst of the flu season is over, although the level of transmission remains high.
The number of flu cases reported during the week leading up to Saturday was less than the half number reported at the peak.
The number of weekly flu-related deaths has also been falling, with 19 during the most recent week, and none of them involving a child.
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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.
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. In January, a Fremont County child died from the flu, the first pediatric flu death in the state.
Arizonans can breathe a sigh of relief: While the flu season itself is not yet over, health officials believe it will not get any worse. Since October, 23,324 people have been hospitalized for influenza-associated complications.
It appears the flu season peaked a couple weeks ago in MI.
Haselow said people who haven't gotten the flu shot, which becomes fully effective about two weeks after it's administered, should still get one.