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Middle TN flu deaths reach 16; nearly 500 hospitalized

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The Midstate's largest hospital is reporting more flu deaths as the number of people hospitalized continues to climb.

Officials at Vanderbilt University Medical Center said Monday that 466 people have been hospitalized with lab-confirmed cases of influenza in Nashville and the seven surrounding counties in Middle Tennessee, with 16 confirmed deaths.

And while this year's flu season shows no sign of letting up, even more people are rolling up their sleeves to get vaccinated.

Some counties' health departments have run out of the vaccine, but flu shots are still available at pharmacies and clinics.

"Up to this point we've not had any trouble with supply. We have about 80 doses left," said Henry Dunklan, a pharmacist at Baptist Express. "The typical flu season is through March, so we see it be pretty steady through March and expect to run out before then, especially with everything that's been going on in the news."

It takes about two weeks after you receive the flu vaccine for it to become effective.

As for supply, it's best to call ahead before driving to your nearby pharmacy or clinic to ensure they have the vaccine available.

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