Weekly Flu Report: ADH releases information on 2022-23 flu season

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the ADH reported a “very high” activity level of influenza-like illness.
On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the ADH reported a “very high” activity level of influenza-like illness.(CNN)
Published: Nov. 2, 2022 at 12:51 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 30, 2022 at 9:18 AM CST
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The Arkansas Department of Health tracks flu cases each week with a report that shows everything from deaths to school absenteeism rates.

On Wednesday, Nov. 30, the ADH reported a “very high” activity level of influenza-like illness.

Among flu antigen tests this season, 91% were influenza A and 9% were influenza B.

Since Oct. 2, healthcare providers have reported over 11,900 positive influenza tests to the department.

For the week ending Saturday, Nov. 26, the ADH reported:

  • 30 influenza-related deaths this season (+11)
  • 164 flu-related hospital admissions for the week, 468 for the season
  • 13 nursing homes reported influenza outbreaks
  • No public school absenteeism rate due to the holidays

The weekly report also provides a list of counties and the percentage of students absent for the previous week due to the flu:

CountySchool Absenteeism Rate
Baxter9.56%
Clay5.5%
Cleburne7.67%
Craighead9.62%
Crittenden10.07%
Cross9.29%
Greene10.36%
Independence7.19%
Jackson10.93%
Lawrence7.41%
Mississippi13.76%
Poinsett9.47%
Randolph10.48%
St. Francis6.22%
Sharp9.5%
Stone8.5%
White7.57%
Woodruff9.1%

According to the ADH flu website, flu shots are available at each local health unit around the state. There is no out-of-pocket expense at the health units, but people are encouraged to bring their insurance cards.