Tennessee's slow flu season could get worse fast

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- State health experts say Tennessee's flu season has been unusually light this year but could get worse fast.

The Tennessee Department of Health reports there have been 21 laboratory-confirmed cases of flu since the season began in the early fall. At this time last year, there were 12 lab-confirmed cases.

The Tennessean reports Tennessee is one of 14 states nationwide whose flu status is categorized as widespread -- when activity is scattered across the state.

Dr. Kelly Moore, medical director for the state's immunization program, said 700 to 900 adults and two to three children die each year from complications related to the flu in Tennessee.

One child died last month, she said.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 39661182 - local8now.com/a?a=39661182
Gray Television, Inc.