Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Children, 1 Pregnant Woman Die From Flu In Tennessee

Children, 1 Pregnant Woman Die From Flu In Tennessee

There have been record-breaking numbers this season in Oklahoma with 3,440 flu-associated hospitalizations, and 153 deaths. An Oklahoma County resident between the ages of 5 and 18 has passed away.

According to the report, one child, age 4 or younger, has died from the flu this season.

It's important to note that the state health department only tracks flu deaths in pregnant women and children. The state has kept statistics on flu deaths since 2009. A high-dose vaccine for senior citizens also is available.

No appointments are needed to receive a flu shot during this event.

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Flu Shot Friday will be held at all Tennessee county health departments from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday, February 16.

It takes about two weeks for the immune system to react to the vaccine, but it still could be advantageous to get it, even if you've had the flu. This includes all rural county health departments and health department clinics in Chattanooga-Hamilton County, Jackson-Madison County, Knoxville-Knox County, Nashville-Davidson County, Shelby County and Sullivan County.

If you do become sick, health officials have urged you to stay at home, wash your hands frequently, and cough into your sleeve to prevent the flu from spreading.

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