2 children die from the flu at Wichita hospital

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Wichita hospital reports two children have died from the flu this season. 

Susan Burchill, spokesperson for Wesley Medical Center, confirmed the two pediatric deaths, but she did not release their ages. Pediatric includes newborn to 18 years old.

Many parents have taken their child to the doctor or emergency room because of the flu. 

Tara Boney took her seven-year-old daughter to the ER after her fever spiked to 104 degrees and the young girl started to become dehydrated and stopped eating. 

"She just seemed to not be getting better…this is day five and I haven’t seen her improve," Boney said. "Its been really scary. Watching the news, there has been deaths."

Her daughter is now at home recovering, but under constant watch to make sure the girl does not get worse. 

The government's report out Friday showed the flu season continued to intensify last week.

One of every 14 visits to doctors and clinics were for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That's the highest level since the swine flu pandemic in 2009. Last week, 42 states reported high patient traffic for the flu, up from 39.

Hospital stays because of the flu also increased.

Flu outbreak hits small businesses hard

Kansas leads country in flu diagnoses

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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