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Flu-Related Illness Accounts for 7 Arkansas Deaths

Health officials say vaccines, hand-washing and basic hygienic practices can help prevent a serious outbreak.
BERRYVILLE, Ark. -- The Arkansas Dept. of Health reports that at least 7 people have died in the state from flu-related illness since the start of flu season in September.

The first week in January is the year’s busiest for pharmacies like economy drugs in Berryville, Ark.

“A lot of people have been out of town,” said Gabe Roy, a local pharmacist. “The other reason is that people start getting new insurance policies at the first of the year.”

And a late season spike in flu cases have brought in even more orders.

“We see a lot of sickness as things get cold, then warm,” Roy said. “ It really seems to be a factor for a lot of people.”

Sherri Plumlee, an administrator for the Carroll Co. Health Dept., says she and other health officials are working to prevent an outbreak, even in late in the flu season.

“We know that the best way to prevent flu is to get a flu shot,” Plumlee said. “And that’s what we need to keep letting people know.”




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