Flu cases showing up in East Tennessee

By: Stacy McCLoud Email
By: Stacy McCLoud Email

One local doctor emailed Volunteer TV to let us know that the flu has indeed hit East Tennessee.

Dr. Jay Hammett says he had four confirmed cases in less than 24 hours, one of the patients did have the flu shot back in November.
All four of those had "Type A". You may remember a few weeks ago we reported that that particular strain is resistant to the drug Tamiflu.

We spoke with the Knox County Health Department and the Regional Health Department.
Here is how the numbers break down for some of the major counties.

Anderson -- 6
Blount -- 10
Hamblen -- 37
Knox -- 227
Loudon -- 1
Roane --1
Sevier -- 15

Knox County Health Department officials tell us that these numbers are down from this time last year and remind everyone it was mid March before flu season peaked last year.

It's not too late to get a flu shot, which doctors tell us overall seems to be working.

When reading the above flu numbers, keep in mind not all doctors report weekly and reports for this week aren't in yet.


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