A second Tennessee child has died from the flu this season, state health records show.
The Tennessee Department of Health’s weekly influenza report shows a pediatric death was recorded during the week between Dec. 31 and Jan. 6.
The flu is a viral infection that attacks the lungs, nose, and throat. Young children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with chronic disease/weak immune systems are at higher risk of getting the flu. Symptoms include cough, fever, chills, muscle aches, congestion, runny nose, headaches, and fatigue.
There have been two pediatric influenza-related deaths reported in Tennessee this flu season.