The Arkansas Department of Health released their weekly influenza report, and it reveals that schools within Scott County are still seeing a high rate of absenteeism from the virus.
Arkansas reported “widespread” activity to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for geographic spread of influenza, and “high”
The average school absenteeism rate last week was 6.9 percent among public schools. As of March 2, ADH is aware that 17 schools closed briefly
To date, 57 influenza-related deaths have been reported in Arkansas this flu season, including one pediatric death; 70% were unvaccinated or had an unknown vaccine history. CDC has reported a total of 56 pediatric deaths nationwide this season.