The number of Arkansans who have died from a flu-related illness since Sept. 30 has increased by two, according to the latest influenza report from the Arkansas Department of Health.

There have been 17 flu-related deaths so far this season in Arkansas, including one pediatric death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 19 pediatric flu-related deaths in the nation this season.

The recent ADH flu report, which is for the week ending Jan. 26, noted among flu antigen tests that can distinguish between influenza A and B virus types, 79 percent were influenza A and 21 percent were influenza B.

School absenteeism rates have stayed about the same in west central Arkansas from the prior ADH flu report, but there were slight increases seen in Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Polk, Scott and Yell counties.