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In this Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, photo, certified pharmacy technician Peggy Gillespie fills antibiotics into a syringe for use as an I.V. push at ProMedica Toledo Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. A nasty flu season is hitting U.S. hospitals already scrambling to maintain patient care amid severe shortages of crucial sterile fluids, particularly saline solution needed to administer I.V. medicines and rehydrate patients. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

84 children have now died in the US due to flu after week that claimed 22 lives

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By ADRIAN MOJICA, WZTV

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports there have now been 84 pediatric deaths in the United States due to the flu.

22 influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported for the week of February 4-10, according to the CDC.

Based on data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), 9.8 percent of pediatric deaths occurring during the week ending January 27, 2018 were due to pneumonia and influenza. That number is above the epidemic threshold of 7.3 percent.

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Forty-three states continue to report elevated influenza-like illness (ILI) activity and the national rate of 7.5 percent of people with ILI remains well above the national baseline of 2.2 percent.

Nationwide, laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations have a rate of 67.9 per 100,000 people.

Tennessee remains among states reporting high activity levels of ILI.

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