Update: Flu deaths have reached 49 people in Arkansas

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    Little Rock News:

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The number of flu deaths continue to increase in Arkansas.

    On February 20, THV11 learned that 49 people have now died of influenza in Arkansas, according to Kerry Krell with the Dept. of Health. At least 18 of those people have been between the ages of 25 and 64, and two thirds of the deaths have occurred in previously healthy people.

    The CDC now classifies the flu as widespread here in the Natural State. They said this high number of deaths may be in connection with the fact that they are seeing young people getting flu shots at a historically low number.

    The health department said healthy, young people are being affected by the flu this year. Krell said earlier in the season that there was "no indication that any of them (flu deaths) received a flu vaccine this season."

    They said getting a flu shot is your best defense, and it's not too late to get one.

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