Family of flu death victim in Arkansas speak out

CONWAY (KATV) - Seven Arkansans have died from flu-related illnesses this season, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

Doris Wooley, 64, of Conway died the day after Christmas after contracting the flu and then pneumonia. Wooley's fiancé Ricky Lynn has been with her since 2003 and remembers her as a caring person.

"I just want to let everyone know what a wonderful woman Doris Ann Wooley is," Lynn said.

Lynn didn't know if Wooley had a flu shot this year, but said he hopes others will be inspired to get vaccinated.

"The flu and pneumonia is nothing to fool with in this world. It's a hard thing to fight and y'all just need to get the flu vaccine, from the bottom of my heart, on the account of my fiancé."

The Health Department suggested seniors get vaccinated for both the flu and pneumonia.

"Everybody's at risk of getting the flu, but the older you are, the less robust your system is and the more likely you are to have a bad outcome," said Dirk Haselow of the Arkansas Department of Health. "The influenza virus damages the lining of the lung and makes it more likely to develop a bacterial infection."