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Health Officials Warn Of Flu Risks

Posted: January 10, 2013 at 5 a.m.

State and local health officials warn Arkansas is facing its worst flu season since 2009 and urge as many people as possible to get vaccinated.

At A Glance

Those At Risk

Those who are at high risk of flu-related complications are encouraged to visit their doctor if they develop flu-like symptoms including cough, high fever, headache and/or muscle aches. Children’s flu symptoms may also include vomiting or diarrhea. The flu vaccine takes 10 days to two weeks to become effective and it is not too late to get vaccinated. Flu vaccines are available at local health units, private doctor’s offices, pharmacies and major retailers statewide. Those most at risk for severe flu-related complications include:

• Pregnant women

• Children under the age of five

• People 65 years or older

• People with chronic conditions such as asthma, COPD, heart disease or weakened immune systems.

Source: Arkansas Health Department

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