JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it’s another bad flu season with 7.3 million people reported as sick with the flu so far this season.
But how does Region 8 compare?
Dr. James Fletcher with St. Bernards Healthcare said activity in Region 8 actually falls below national numbers.
It is a drastic change, since Arkansas was ranked number two last year in the nation for prevalence of influenza.
Although flu activity seems relatively low in the area for now, the flu season isn’t over just yet.
Flu season starts in early October and will continue through May, and with such a high number of cases nationwide, you can never be too careful.
“It’s very important to get the flu shot, in part obviously to protect yourself, but also your protecting the people around you,” said Fletcher. “There will be some people who can not get a flu shot and the fact that you’ve been immunized and don’t get sick, means that they won’t get sick because you won’t transmit the virus.”
Dr. Fletcher recommends that if you begin having flu-like symptoms, that you isolate yourself from friends and family and then seek professional help from a medical facility.
It’s not too late to get your flu shot, they are available at the Health Department, as well as most clinics in Jonesboro or you can call your physician.