Arkansas Child Flu Deaths Grows to Five

This chart shows the path of the flu in several different years

This chart shows the path of the flu in several different years

However, the Texas Department of State Health Services explained that the flu activity still remains high across the state.

"We strongly encourage everyone to continue practicing the important preventive measures we have been promoting including staying home when you're sick, calling your doctor at the first signs of flu-like illness, washing your hands frequently, and covering coughs and sneezes", Rattay said.

The flu season runs through May.

The latest Georgia data continue to show the flu epidemic trending downward in the state.

The flu season peaked nationwide in mid-February, with 7.4 percent of medical visits attributed to the flu, making it the worst flu season in the United States since the 2009 swine flu pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In January, a Fremont County child died from the flu, the first pediatric flu death in the state.

The 893 new cases bring the season total to 6,674 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases for the 2017-2018 season, the highest number of confirmed cases since record-keeping began in the 2004-2005 season.

There's about a month left in the flu season, and Northeast Texas Public Health officials say there is an overall decrease in reported flu cases in East Texas.

Locally, officials haven't found this flu season to be much different from past flu seasons.

It had been driven by a kind of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths, and officials lately are seeing less of that.

Dr. Richard Wallace at UT Health North Campus Tyler said there's still a possibility of getting the flu.

The Division of Public Health says people can still get their flu shots.

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