Mar 1, 2024 - Health

Arkansas flu hospitalizations spike

Cumulative influenza hospitalizations in Arkansas
Source: Arkansas Department of Health; Chart: Axios Visuals

More than 1,100 people in Arkansas have been hospitalized this flu season, with nearly half occurring since late January.

Why it matters: Hospitalizations indicate how severely flu is spreading. Arkansas reported "very high" — 11 on a scale of 13 — for the influenza-like-illness activity level indicator.

By the numbers: The state totaled 1,106 flu hospitalizations from last Oct. 1 to Feb. 24, according to the Arkansas Department of Health. That's up from 578 on Jan. 27.

Zoom in: About 48% of people hospitalized were 65 or older. That age group also accounted for 44 of the 69 reported deaths.

  • About 10% of the flu hospitalizations were people under 18, including one who died.
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