By ADRIAN MOJICA, WZTV
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.