The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes the nation is at peak flu season, as the disease is now considered to be an epidemic, based on its medical impact.
Dr. Cindy Smith with Reeves-Sain Drug Store tells NewsRadio WGNS:
Three people, a pregnant woman and two children, have died from the flu in Tennessee this year. Smith says getting a flu shot is the most proactive thing you can do:
Smith says takes about two weeks for the flu shot to have its full effect. For those who get sick, how do you know it's the flu?
Additionally, Smith says there are ways you can help stop the spread of flu this winter:
This year's flu season has been dominated by the H3N2 strain, which is linked to more severe illnesses especially among adults over the age of 65 and children younger than 5.
While experts say the flu season may have reached its peak, they warn it will take many more weeks for flu activity to truly slow down.