The University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville reported 10 deaths from the flu, with all the patients suffering from another disease or illness. Throughout the state, 22.4 percent of the 595 specimens tested for influenza were positive. Six pediatric and one pregnancy-associated influenza-related deaths have been reported in Tennessee during this flu season.
According to a weekly report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), week 11 of the 2017-2018 flu season may still not be the peak. The agency said this flu season could break records nationwide. According to the CDC, one in 13 people who went to the doctor last week across the country reported flu-like symptoms. That’s the highest rate since 2009, when the swine flu hit the US.
Health care professionals say to take these steps in helping to prevent getting sick with the flu:
– Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer
– Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
– Stay home if you are sick