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.)

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