NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Two children have died due to the flu during the 2019-20 flu season, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.
One child was in Middle Tennessee, the other in Eastern Tennessee. No additional information about the victims was made available.
The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding Tennesseans that the flu vaccine is free at most local health departments. Additionally, they warn the risk is higher in older adults as well.
It has been recognized for many years that people 65 years and older are at high risk of developing serious complications from flu compared with young, healthy adults. This is in part because human immune defenses become weaker with increasing age. pic.twitter.com/A16p8OJvAo— TN Dept. of Health (@TNDeptofHealth) January 6, 2020
Earlier this week, the Tennessee Department of health posted a guide as how to determine whether you may have a cold or the flu.
Cold and flu season is here. Here is a helpful guide. Remember to not spread germs. WASH YOUR HANDS, stay home if sick (including weekend activities) and get your flu shot. Free vaccine now available at most local health departments. pic.twitter.com/Ii4dKO8hWx— TN Dept. of Health (@TNDeptofHealth) January 4, 2020