12th flu death reported at UT Medical Center

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FILE – In this Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, a nurse prepares a flu shot from a vaccine vial at the Salvation Army in Atlanta. Most doses of vaccine are made in a production process that involves growing viruses in chicken eggs. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Flu activity continues to decline in East Tennessee, but UT Medical Center reported an additional flu death this week, bringing the total deaths at the medical center up to 12 this flu season.

Across the state, eight children and a pregnant woman have died from the flu. When it comes to flu-related deaths, only pregnant women and pediatric deaths are reported to the state and the CDC.

The percentage of patients visiting Tennessee Sentinel Provider clinics with symptoms of the flu this week was 5.1 percent. The usual baseline rate is 2.2 percent, according to CDC numbers.

There were 65 cases of Flu A and 22 of Flu B in February. Through 7 a.m. Friday, there were no confirmed cases of Flu A and two cases of Flu B.  Those numbers are compared to 200 cases of Flu A and 10 of Flu B in January.

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