Flu Worse In Other Parts Of The State

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(Shelby County) Doctors say this year's flu-season seems like it's reaching its peak.

Right now, 41 states are reporting wide spread flu-case.

According to the Center for Disease Control there's still plenty of activity in most parts of the country, and the number of cases seems to rise dramatically each day.

While flu season is hitting the Mid-South, it could be a lot worse.

The achy miserable flu is now widespread in Tennessee.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center blames the flu for at least 19 deaths in Middle Tennessee this season, and health departments there are out of the vaccine.

The eastern part of Tennessee is seeing 10 percent more cases than the rest of the state.

Shelby County and surrounding areas are reporting fewer cases.

"There is flu activity here but it doesn’t seem to be as bad as the rest of the state." Dr. Helen Morrow with the Shelby County Health Department said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen things may start crossing the Tennessee River in to west Tennessee.”

While the health department in Nashville ran out of the flu shot, there’s ample supply here.

People just aren’t getting it.

“It never came across my mind to go get one,” Everett Bond said.

But Latrice Cox never forgets hers.

"I normally get it every time. I was in the military and we had to get one so I continued,” she said. “ My baby has even had half his flu shot already.”

Dr. Morrow says there's still time to get yours.

“This is the season we see the greatest activity, but it can go on late into the spring. It takes about two weeks once you get the shot to develop immunity to it, but it’s not too late to get it.”

She reminds everyone the health department is giving it away for free and it could just save your life.

1 Comment

  • john

    I’ve had friends with entire families knocked down by the flu and several of them got the flu shot….lot of good it does if it doesn’t stop every strain of the flu.

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