On Monday, the Division of Public Health announced five more deaths for the 2017-218 flu season, bringing the total to 28-which ties the highest flu-related death total since they have been tracked, recorded in 2014-2015.
The latest Georgia data continue to show the flu epidemic trending downward in the state.
"We are clearly on the downturn, by all indicators", he said.
Overall, fewer people are going to see a doctor for the flu than during the height of the season in the beginning of February.
Public health officials remind the public that there are several weeks remaining in the flu season, and the number of hospitalizations and deaths will continue to increase.
The flu season peaked nationwide in mid-February, with 7.4 percent of medical visits attributed to the flu, making it the worst flu season in the United States since the 2009 swine flu pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Three other Arkansas children or teenagers have also died from the flu this season, including two others who were age 5-18 and one child younger than 5.
Meanwhile, officials say the number of confirmed flu cases appears to be leveling off.
While the Influenza B virus can be better for some people because the vaccine is more effective, Simpson said the virus is more risky for men over the age of 50 because it is associated with an onset of heart attacks.
But health officials in Oregon, Minnesota, Texas, New Hampshire, Hawaii and the District of Columbia report that they're seeing only regional or local flu activity.
Anyone interested in receiving a flu shot at no cost should contact the Garvin County Health Department at 405-238-7346, for clinic times and further information.