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Six children, pregnant woman die from the flu in Tennessee so far this season

(CDC)

The Tennessee Department of Health now says six children and a pregnant woman have died from the flu in Tennessee so far this season.

A spokesperson said the pregnant woman and three children killed from the flu are from the middle Tennessee area. The remaining three children deaths are from East Tennessee.

So far, 37 children have died from the flu nation-wide, according to the CDC. Tennessee remains at a "high" flu activity level.

Clay County Schools are closed Friday and Monday due to the flu.

Recently, 1 in 15 doctor visits were for symptoms of the flu. That's the highest level since the swine flu pandemic in 2009.

Flu is a contagious respiratory illness, spread by a virus. It can cause a miserable but relatively mild illness in many people, but more a more severe illness in others. Young children and the elderly are at greatest risk from flu and its complications. In a bad season, there are as many as 56,000 deaths connected to the flu.

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