by: Scott McCaulley
The Flu continues to impact many aspects of live in the Ozarks.
The latest information from the Arkansas Department of Health for the week ending February 1st indicates that nine counties including Baxter (10.05 %) and Carroll (10.93%) in northern Arkansas had a 10% or higher school absenteeism rate due to flu with a number of school districts in Arkansas, including Bergman and Lead Hill last week, cancelling classes due to high absenteeism rates of both students and staff.
The rest of the Northern Arkansas rates for the week ending February 1st included Marion at 8.67%, Searcy at 8.57%, Boone at 6.71%, Newton at 5.81%, and Madion at 5.61%.
Meanwhile in Missouri, the Taney County Health Department issued a statement reporting a significant increase in flu activity in the county. Area providers reported 183 new cases of lab-confirmed flu this past week, bringing the season’s total up
to 504 cases. Children ages 5-14 were especially affected, accounting for nearly half of last week’s cases.
Taney County and all area health agencies are asking those that have not yet done so to get a Flu Vaccination in addition to practicing good health habits and to limit contact with others when sick.