Arkansas Department of Health says flu death count up to 35



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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Health says 35 people in the state have died of the flu.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1uBy6g9 ) reports that on Tuesday the department's spokesman, Kerry Krell, said 28 of the deaths were people over 65 years old. Five of the people who died were between the ages 45 to 64, and two were between 25 and 44.

There was a spike in widespread flu activity last week in the state even though officials expected the flu season peak to occur in January.

Krell says the most important way to prevent getting the flu is to get a flu vaccination. Even though the strain of flu that is most active in the state is not in the vaccine, it may help decrease symptoms.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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