Flu Spreading its Wings in Tennessee: Latest CDC Numbers Tell the Tale

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just dropped the latest scoop, and it’s not a gossip-worthy drama but a flu alert in Tennessee. Picture this: from Nov. 5 to Nov. 11, a whopping 3.6% of folks seeking medical superhero help had flu-like symptoms. Hold on to your thermometers, because that’s a step up from the 2.6% party the week before.

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CDC’s Flu Alarm: Unveiling the Latest Tennessee Numbers

Dr. William Schaffner, our flu guru from Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), says, “It’s the tip of the iceberg, and we’re seeing the beginning of a pretty normal season.” So, get ready for the chilly viral wave.

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In Middle Tennessee, the VUMC squad claims these numbers are par for the course this time of year. But hey, here’s the plot twist: vaccinations are down. Cue the suspenseful music! And guess who needs to be on red alert? Yep, our seasoned citizens, who, according to Schaffner, are the VIPs of hospitalizations and deaths, making up over 80% of the chilling stats.

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Davidson County, though, seems to be playing hide-and-seek with the flu bug, as per the CDC data. But don’t let your guard down if you’re in Madison, Hamilton, or the northeast and east regions; the flu is hosting a moderate party there. And in the Memphis/Shelby County metro area? It’s a grand affair – they’re considered the flu hotspot.

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Nationwide, the flu usually throws its biggest bash in February, but the South likes to be fashionably early. Schaffner spills the beans, “Here in the Southeast, we’ve started a little bit earlier than other parts of the country, so our peak may come a little bit earlier.” Flu, always trying to be the trendsetter.

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Hold on, though. Before you panic, the officials have a solution: flu shots! Schaffner, our vaccine cheerleader, says, “I think that because of the repeated COVID boosters and all the discussion that has surrounded that vaccine, people have vaccine fatigue perhaps, but this is not the time to get tired of vaccines, it’s the time to accept them.” Flu shots – the real MVPs in this viral drama. Don’t let the flu crash your party; give it a shot

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