NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two more people have died from the flu in the Nashville area as of Monday afternoon.
The patients were ages 36 and 86, but further details such as their gender have yet to be released.
They are among 5 flu-related deaths total in Davidson and seven other surrounding counties so far this season.
To date, 450 people have been hospitalized in the Middle Tennessee area with confirmed cases of influenza.
Doctors and health officials have previously warned this season is expected to be worse with more cases and harsher symptoms.
Part of the reason is because the strain of flu going around, H3N2, is different from the strain typically held off by the vaccine, H1N1. The current strain mutated, causing some to remain susceptible despite getting the flu shot.
Everyone is still encouraged to get the shot if they haven’t already. It still protects against other strains of the flu as well as softens the symptoms when and if the flu is contracted.