Tennessee Department Of Health Flu Update

2 pediatric flu deaths among 36 reported in Kentucky

"We are seeing very large numbers, and that's particularly been true for the last two to three weeks".

The strain of influenza that is spreading the most is called H3N2.

"Classic influenza is upper respiratory, so coughing, sore throat, runny nose, but we have also been seeing nausea and vomiting associated with those upper respiratory symptoms as well", she said.

According to the CDC, there has been a jump in hospitalizations in young children and people over 50.

"They can carry influenza viruses not have as many symptoms", said Dr. David Priest, an infectious disease doctor with Novant Health, "So to keep our patients safe in buildings, we say it's best if you don't bring children into the hospital to visit".

Those eight bring the total number of fatalities attributed to flu to 14 since October 1, 2017, or what the department considers the beginning of the flu season.

Goldman noted Friday while some media reports have characterized this year's vaccine as less effective in stopping H3N2, people should remember the shot can still help people who come down with illness from getting as sick.

The number of deaths in CT increased to 15 from a reported five people earlier this week.

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The Houston Health Department has confirmed two women in their 60s died at the end of past year from the flu.

Officials say visits to L.A. County emergency rooms for influenza symptoms are more than twice as high as they were at the same time a year ago.

Those in high-risk groups, including older adults, pregnant women and children, should be especially cautious in the midst of Dallas County's deadly outbreak, said Dr. Christopher Perkins, the county's medical director. In just the past week, hospitalizations have nearly doubled, going from 13.7 per 100,000 to 22.7 per 100,000.

"Our surveillance team has been doing this for 13 years and this is the first time the continental USA has been the same color in the graph", Jernigan said.

One reason is the flu season may just be peaking earlier this year than it did last year.

You can get the flu anywhere - school, work, even out at the store, so you need to know the do's and don'ts for avoiding the virus.

It's also never too late in the season to get a flu shot.

That being said, the best way to protect against the flu is to get the vaccine.

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