There have been 77 flu-related deaths this flu season, according to the Arkansas Department of Health’s latest Influenza Weekly Report.
It was the second-deadliest week for the flu in Arkansas this year, with 14 deaths related to the flu for the week ending March 16. The deadliest week this year was between Feb. 23 and March 2. There was a total of 57 flu-related deaths at the time, with an increase of 19 deaths.
The ADH report shows 71 percent of the flu-related deaths were unvaccinated or had an unknown vaccine history.
Since Sept. 30, eight nursing homes in Arkansas have reported flu outbreaks, the report adds.
Most of the flu virus types reported are influenza A (94 percent) and the rest were influenza B.
Franklin County last week was among the counties reporting a 10 percent increase from the week before.
More than half of the flu deaths were in ages over 65. There were 27 flu deaths in ages 45 to 64. There has been one pediatric death related to the flu in Arkansas this season and 64 pediatric flu deaths in the nation so far this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.