Two children die from flu in Hamilton County -TV


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The Tennessee Department of Health reported the number of pediatric flu deaths across the state increased to six this week.

Friday, January 24th 2020, 10:48 AM EST by Caroline Corrigan

Updated:

Friday, January 24th 2020, 11:41 AM EST

Two children have died from the flu in Hamilton County, according to reports from the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department.

Tom Bodkin, public information officer for the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department, confirmed the deaths involved children in Hamilton County.

The Tennessee Department of Health reported the number of pediatric flu deaths across the state increased to six this week.

While we don’t know the specifics of those cases, Dr. Paul Hendricks with the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department said everyone above the age of 6 months needs to get the flu shot.

“It protects someone around you, someone around you that has an illness or medical problem, they can’t get the flu – you are protecting not only yourself but that person in your house or in your family,” Hendricks said.

He said the influenza virus can spread easily from person to person, which is why everyone should be taking preventative steps to stay healthy. 

“It’s real, it’s dangerous, it’s preventable,” Dr. Hendricks said. “It’s treatable if you do get it. Obviously, you know, if you get the flu vaccine and you catch the disease, it tends to be less severe, there are medications to treat it if caught early, but the best cure is always prevention.”

If you’re suffering from flu-like symptoms, you should stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. 

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