2 more Tennessee children die from flu

Faith Castro
February 19, 2018

The week's death toll includes another eight people who died in previous weeks and were later determined to have had the flu, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

Here are highlights from the state Health Department's latest report on New York's record flu epidemic.

Seventeen more flu deaths have been reported in North Carolina this season.

A week ago, DHEC reported approximately 1,270 flu cases in the area.

All Tennessee county health departments are holding Flu Shot Friday clinics on Friday, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The CDC continues to urge people to get a flu shot "because the vaccine can still prevent some infections with now circulating influenza viruses, which are expected to continue circulating for several weeks".

The vaccine is still one of the best protective measures against the flu virus, she said.

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They feel the data they have gathered has given them a snapshot of how the community has been impacted by the flu. "We urge everyone who has not received a flu shot yet, to get one now".

State Health officials are saying that this year's flu vaccine is about 36 percent effective. OSDH is offering flu vaccinations statewide at no cost to recipients at all county health department sites. Here in Texas that number is 14 percent.

Friday, the local health department launched "Free Flu Fridays".

One or two shots that confer lifetime or years-long immunity at near 100 percent effectiveness is the model we have for serious illnesses like measles, mumps, rubella and other viruses.

"The flu season can last certainly through February, through March and into April and occasionally even beyond", Levine said.

Not only should seniors get an annual flu vaccine, but the CDC recommends the "high-dose" version as well as a pneumococcal vaccine to protect against pneumonia, meningitis and bloodstream infections.

Also contributing to school officials' decision to cancel school last week was the fact that teachers were now also being forced to stay home due to the flu.

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