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    Posted: December 30 2014 at 7:31pm
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Flu causes 3 pediatric deaths in Tennessee


December 28, 2014




NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Department of Health says there have been three pediatric deaths caused by the flu this season.

Two of those deaths were in Middle Tennessee and the third was in the eastern part of the state.

No details have been released on what counties the deaths occurred.

According to state health officials, there has been a steady increase of flu cases this season. They are urging people to get vaccinated if they have not done so already.

“Early indications suggest this could be a more severe flu season than we have had for some time,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “Vaccination is likely to reduce the risk of severe illness even if not all strains are matched to the vaccine throughout the season. Because a flu vaccine is still the best protection, get it now if you have not done so.”

For a list of places to get a vaccine, click here.

http://wate.com/2014/12/28/flu-causes-3-pediatric-deaths-in-tennessee/
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SIX FLU-RELATED CHILD DEATHS IN TENNESSEE HIGHEST IN FIVE YEARS


12/30/14



State officials say three children in Tennessee have died of complications from the flu in the last month.
Two deaths occurred in Middle Tennessee and one was reported in East Tennessee. The latest deaths bring the total number of flu-related child deaths to six, which is higher than normal.

“We are expecting a severe flu season” Department of Health spokeswoman Shelley Walker told the Knoxville News Sentinel. “Every flu season is different, but we typically see 2-3 child deaths a year from the flu.”

Healthcare professionals say they’ve seen a high number of cases so far this year.

Darci Hodge, a registered nurse and director of infection control at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville, said there’s been more flu cases this month than in any December over the last five years.

She said there had been 446 flu cases as of Monday, compared with 398 in December 2012, which had been the high.

Dr. Don Arnold, a pediatric emergency room doctor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told WSMV-TV that there have been “hundreds and hundreds of cases of influenza in children this season.”

Doctors recommend taking precautions such as washing hands and not touching eyes, hands and nose after interacting with those who may be sick.

http://crossvillenews1st.com/six-flu-related-child-deaths-tennessee-highest-five-years/
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2 adults die of flu in Nashville area
 
 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two more people have died from the flu in the Nashville area as of Monday afternoon.

The patients were ages 36 and 86, but further details such as their gender have yet to be released.

They are among 5 flu-related deaths total in Davidson and seven other surrounding counties so far this season.

To date, 450 people have been hospitalized in the Middle Tennessee area with confirmed cases of influenza.

Doctors and health officials have previously warned this season is expected to be worse with more cases and harsher symptoms.

Part of the reason is because the strain of flu going around, H3N2, is different from the strain typically held off by the vaccine, H1N1. The current strain mutated, causing some to remain susceptible despite getting the flu shot.

Everyone is still encouraged to get the shot if they haven’t already. It still protects against other strains of the flu as well as softens the symptoms when and if the flu is contracted.

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If the above total is correct that's 12 flu deaths so far in TN... 6 of which to my knowledge were children.
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