December 15, 2003 - Posted at 4:07 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The state Health Department says flu-like illnesses are blamed in the deaths of nine Arkansans.
The nine included one person below the age of 21. Health officials say all the victims were in high-risk groups.
Dr. Sandra Snow, the medical director for communicable disease and immunizations, says influenza is causing a higher-than-normal number of cases. She urged vaccinations for everyone, even though the number of inoculations currently available in Arkansas is low.