Arkansas Department of Health spokesman Ed Barham said Wednesday the flu season is near its peak in the state.

"It’s right at the peak or just a little past it," he said. "It’s going to drag out into March."

Barham said not to let guards down because it is still possible to catch the flu.

"It’s still going around," he said.

Reports from the eastern part of the United States are that the flu season has peaked and is on its way down.

Barham explained the illness moves like a wave across the country.

"We’re probably at peak still," said Barham.

The Arkansas Department of Health had 34 flu-related deaths on record Wednesday.

The last number published at the department’s website Jan. 29 showed 22 deaths.

Seniors are especially at risk, according to the department, and should seek medical treatment as soon as possible if flu-like symptoms develop.

Flu shots are still available at pharmacies and clinics in the area.

"We’re still showing widespread flu activity," said Barham. "We’re not out of the woods yet."

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