It's that time of year. As many are mingling with large numbers of people while shopping, attending parties, participating in religious celebrations or traveling, the risk for encountering someone infected with influenza increases.
We may be just over midway through the month of February, but the flu season is still in its peak. According to a new report from the CDC, flu activity is down nationally, but we are seeing an uptick in Tennessee.
During the first week of 2019, 185 flu like illnesses were reported in Tennessee. Of that number, 3 were reported in the middle Tennessee area.
The Rutherford County Health Department will be giving out free flu shots on December 5th.
Experts are saying it is time to go ahead and get this year's flu vaccination. Also, do you know if you have a common cold or the actual flu?
In the state of Tennessee, eight children and one pregnant woman have passed away due to the flu, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.
This flu season is turning out to be so intense that the number of people seeking care at doctors' offices and emergency rooms has risen to levels not reported since the peak of the 2009 swine flu pandemic.
During the last week of January, the Nashville - Murfreesboro region had a higher number of flu cases than the rest of the Volunteer State.
The Tennessee Department of Health is seeing increased reports of seasonal influenza and other respiratory illnesses across the state. As flu season continues, TDH reminds Tennesseans about measures to take to slow the spread of flu in our communities.
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. We get tips and information from Dr. Cindy Smith with Reeves-Sain Drug Store.
Health officials are bracing for a potentially miserable winter for flu. Already here in Middle Tennessee, the same deadly strain that hit Australia hard, is making its presence known.
"We want to protect our family, friends and community from illness during this special time of year and throughout the winter months when the risk for influenza is typically the greatest," said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH.
Flu season is upon us. Dr. Jason Greene with Reeves-Sain Drug Store tells NewsRadio WGNS there have already been few cases reported.
Free flu shots will be given to those who are uninsured or even insured on Tuesday 9/26/17.
The highest number of influenza cases in Tennessee is typically seen in January and February each year. T
While the Mayo Clinic reports flu in Rutherford County as mild now, it's on the increase across the state. While we are approaching the height of flu season, Dr. Jason Greene from Reeves-Sain Drug Store tells NewsRadio WGNS there's still time immunized.
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The Tennessee Department of Health has been advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that reports of influenza are increasing across the country.
''Influenza related deaths are tragic and impact families across Tennessee every year,'' said Tennessee Immunization Program Director Kelly Moore, MD, MPH.
This year, a portion of every flu shot given by Reeves-Sain Drug Store will be invested in the local community through the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties.
Last year's flu season was especially rough, as a harsh new Type A strain burst on the scene after vaccine doses already were brewed, leaving them less effective than usual.
Medical professionals in Middle Tennessee are already gearing up for the flu season and urging people to get their flu shots early.
Local health officials are urging increased vigilance amid rising flu numbers. Dr. Jason Greene with Reeves-Sain Drugstore tells NewsRadio WGNS in many of the cases, the patients are infected with a strain not covered by this year's flu vaccine.
Tennessee is among the states reporting widespread flu cases here in early January. The latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show 43 states, including Tennessee, with widespread cases reported.
St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital's Mobile Health Unit will offer flu shot clinics at three locations this week.
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Tennessee is among the 40 states reporting a widespread or epidemic flu outbreak. In fact, the TheraFlu Flu Tracker shows the Nashville-Murfreesboro-Franklin MSA is reporting eight-to-14-percent of the population is affected with the flu.
The St. Thomas Mobile Health Unit worked with the Rutherford County Health Department to give out free flu shots on Monday in Smyrna and the crowd was steady throughout the day.
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