LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Arkansas Health Department says flu cases have blanketed the state and that there's no clear indication that the outbreak is on the decline.
Health Department spokesman Ed Barham said Friday that it's not too late to be vaccinated and stressed that people with weakened immune systems, pregnant women and people with other risk factors should be inoculated.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta shows the outbreak is now worse in most states surrounding Arkansas.
Barham says nine people, including one child, have died from the virus this flu season. In 2009, 54 people died from the flu in Arkansas.
Barham says there are no particular hot spots for the flu across the state but called the outbreak "even and steady and bad."Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.