Arkansas H1N1 Deaths Now at 30
While many have stopped worrying about seasonal and H1N1 flu, another person has died in Arkansas from complications due to H1N1 flu. This one brings the count to 30 H1N1 related deaths in Arkansas since last August when the pandemic hit the state.
Confirmation of the death comes from Ed Barham, public information officer for the Health Department. He reports that the death occurred last week. No other information on the person’s age, sex, or related health issues were released.
Barham states reports of hospitalizations and absenteeism from schools has slowed in recent months. He reminds us that anyone can still contract the flu,both seasonal and H1N1. If you haven’t gotten your flu vaccination, then it is not too late to do so.
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.
These simple actions can help you to stay healthy:
- 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 co
ntact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.
Flu Information On the Net:
* Flu information: http://www.flu.gov
* www.healthyarkansas.com , or call the ADH Hotline, 1-800-651-3493.
Arkansas Department of Health