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Six pediatric flu deaths reported in Tennessee

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Posted at 12:54 PM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 13:56:06-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The number of pediatric flu deaths in Tennessee has risen to six.

The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed Wednesday that four deaths have occurred in East Tennessee, while two have been reported in Middle Tennessee.

The flu vaccine is still available at most local health departments while supplies last.

The CDC reports there have been twice as many pediatric flu deaths so far this year than at the same time last year.

There's been a shift in the predominant strain, which is usually influenza A. This year it's influenza B, and influenza B tends to affect children more. The last time influenza B was the predominant strain of the flu was the 1992-93 season.