Arkansas Reports 11 H1N1 Deaths, Awaiting Confirmation on Possibly 12th

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As of Friday, October 23, 2009, the Arkansas Health Department reports 11 confirmed deaths due to H1N1. There is also a possible twelfth, a 12 year old girl from Van Buren who died Saturday night after testing positive for the H1N1 virus.

All of the Arkansas H1N1 deaths have been in patients with other pre-existing conditions. H1N1 is especially difficult for children and young adults (6 mo to 24 years), pregnant women, and anyone with underlying medical conditions (e.g. asthma, diabetes).

Symptoms of seasonal and H1N1 flu are the same and can lead to complications, including pneumonia or other life-threatening complications. The symptoms include: fever greater than 100 degrees, body aches, coughing, sore throat, chills, headache and body aches, fatigue, respiratory congestion, and in some cases, diarrhea and vomiting. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should contact their physician or other health care provider for advice.

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The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) will be offering H1N1 vaccine as supplies permit to pregnant women, all children ages 6 months through 4 years, and 5-18 with underlying medical conditions at the Mass Flu Clinics on October 29, 30, 31.

The seasonal vaccine will be available for the general public. To find a scheduled Mass Flu Clinic visit HealthyArkansas.com.

Flu Information On the Net:
* Flu information: http://www.flu.gov
* National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
* www.healthyarkansas.com , or call the ADH Hotline, 1-800-651-3493.

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Sources
KTHV.com
ArkansasOnline.com
Arkansas Department of Health

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