Arkansas Has 20 Confirmed Deaths Due to H1N1 Influenza

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Arkansas reported it’s first H1N1 influenza death August 10. Since then 19 more deaths have been added to bring the total to 20 confirmed deaths due to H1N1 influenza.

This week the Arkansas Health Department confirmed the latest two deaths of state residents from the H1N1 flu. No further details have been released on the latest victims.

The Health Department has reported the arrival of more H1N1 vaccine to the state. People in high-risk groups, such as pregnant women, the very young, the elderly and people breathing problems or other health issues are urged to get vaccinated.

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.

In the meantime, you are urged to take the following actions to stay healthy:

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· Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water to lessen the spread of illness.

· When hand washing is not possible, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

· Cover your mouth and nose with tissue when coughing and sneezing, then wash your hands. Coughing and sneezing into your sleeve is also acceptable, but not into your hands.

· Stay home if you are sick. You should stay home until you are feeling better and after fever is gone for 24 hours without taking fever reducers. While you are sick, limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

· Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.

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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