Doctors still recommend flu shot despite declining flu rate

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The deadliest flu season we've seen in a while is not quite over.

Local doctors like Dr. Shane Speights, dean of NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University, still suggest people getting flu shots.

"This certainly has been one of the worst flu seasons we've seen in a while," Speights said.

In Arkansas, Speights said we sit at about 184 deaths statewide caused by the flu, and nationally, he said we will see that number rise.

"What's significantly alarming about that is, a lot of those numbers nationally are pediatric numbers of children and kids who don't have the immunity, haven't seen a virus like this before," he said.

This is just one reason Dr. Speights encourages people to get the flu vaccine if you already have not.

"What people need to recognize is some protection is better than no protection especially when you are talking about an influenza that is more severe and can cause more fatalities," he said.

Flu shots are still available at many places including your local health provider and local health units.

Though the flu rate is on the decline, Dr. Speights said it's still very active.

He expects the flu season to last until May.

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