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Flu season death toll rises to 172, CDC to bring back nasal spray

Posted at 5:42 PM, Jun 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-08 20:42:40-04

This flu season has killed 172 children, the Centers for Disease Control reported Friday.

This death toll is a record-high for a year not declared a pandemic. 

Only the 2009 swine flu outbreak was worse with 358 deaths. 

The children who died ranged from eight weeks to 17 years old. 

The severe flu season has prompted the CDC to vote "yes" to bringing back the nasal spray for next season. 

Doctors say it’s very effective, and they hope that the reformulated spray will help stop the flu from spreading, especially in schools.