UT Medical Center reported 10 flu deaths as of February 9.Those victims also had other medical conditions that factored into their deaths.
Eric Howard, an epidemiologist at the city-county health department, said flu hospitalizations peaked in Oklahoma County about three weeks ago, but the virus nearly certainly will continue circulating locally well into March.
"We're still having people that are being diagnosed with flu, and we're expecting a longer than normal influenza season", Kreidler said.
And it's not just older adults who are vulnerable to what's been a ravaging flu season.
"We typically don't see that many deaths", Swift said. DHEC would not specify the county where the child died. This year, vaccines are preventing 36 percent of illnesses, the report said.
"I can't believe that somebody sent her home", Victor said.
Free flu vaccine is still available at all TDH public health clinics, and all Tennesseans are urged to get vaccinated.
Fayette County's flu cases are up as well, with 565 cases. It can also reduce the severity of flu symptoms for those who do get sick. It's best to call ahead if you need to get the vaccination during the lunch hour.
Two more kids die: Two more downstate children died of flu complications. Flu this season has reached the level of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, Pryde said.
Stephens County Health Department will have nursing services five days a week after the state health department's RIF (reduction in staff), unless there is staff illness, according to administrator Mendy Spohn.
"Washington's health officials want everyone to know it isn't too late to get a flu shot since flu activity is still expected to be high for several more weeks", according to a press release from the DOH.