Flu-related deaths in Arkansas rise by 4, now stands at 10

Handwashing remains one of the most simple and effective ways to keep germs at bay during the holiday season and any time really. Forum file

This season started a bit more slowly and it's not picking up as fast as previous year, Brammer said. Now in the latest week, its moved up to low activity level.

"It's too soon to say what direction it will go", said Lynnette Brammer, head of the CDC's domestic influenza surveillance team. It peaks between December and February. "For it to just take her life, nothing prepares you for how fast it moves", said Allison's mother Crystal White Shield. The report consists of laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza that are defined by molecular virus testing and positive virus culture test results. Last year was a really bad flu year.

Skolnik tells us the most prevalent strain of flu is H1N1.

"Last year, we hit 12 percent, which I have never seen in my 22 years", said Welch.

This precaution is being implemented at Mission Hospital, member hospitals and affiliates in the western North Carolina region, which includes CarePartners in Asheville, Mission Hospital McDowell in Marion, Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, Angel Medical Center in Franklin and Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in Highlands. The more vaccinated people there are, the less potential there is for flu to circulate, she explains.

A slow season this year will be good news for insurers.

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Honestly, I think at this point they're just saying each other's name because the public loves it. Conner has rushed for 909 yards and 12 touchdowns this year and also has 467 receiving yards.

The best advice from public health managers is to get a flu shot, after that they say basic hygiene and staying away from sick people can help you stay healthy. "When you have a lot more people get sick, you have more people who are hospitalized and more people who die".

The number of flu cases to date this season (1,457) is comparable to the number of cases at the same time last season (1,411).

That's not happening this year-so far.

The CDC released a report showing a chart that compares the symptoms of the two. Get vaccinated. Because even though it isn't an ideal vaccine, it does protect us.

Gates believes this season has the potential to be a mild one for influenza cases.

The CDC doesn't track adult deaths from flu, but they do keep tabs on pediatric deaths.

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