Published: Sat, February 02, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Flu upgraded to 'widespread' in Tennessee — CDC

Flu upgraded to 'widespread' in Tennessee — CDC

Meanwhile, the number of lab-confirmed flu cases totaled 1,268 as of January 19, with 224 people hospitalized with flu-like symptoms since the start of the flu season.

The eight who have so far this flu season range in age from 41 years old to 83 years old.

Two more children died of complications from the flu, bringing the total number of pediatric deaths to 24 this season.

"The majority of cases have been reported in the Perth metropolitan area, but regional areas are also experiencing higher-than-normal influenza activity", she said.

The 2017-2018 flu season had 185 reported child deaths nationwide and about 80 percent of those kids didn't receive a flu shot. New York City and 23 states experienced high levels of flu-like activity last week, and the virus was widespread in 45 states.

"Routine seasonal influenza vaccination is not being recommended at the present time".

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