First day of spring may not signal the end of flu season

First day of spring may not signal the end of flu season

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"We still have time to have more activity. It could go through as late as May," said Connie Cronley, epidemiology nurse for the Knox County Health Department. "We still have time to have more activity. It could go through as late as May," said Connie Cronley, epidemiology nurse for the Knox County Health Department.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The flu virus may be as hard to shake this year as the cold temperatures.

The first day of spring is usually a sign that seasonal illnesses are on their way out, but that's not always the case.

"We don't know what the flu season will ultimately be for this season," said Connie Cronley, epidemiology nurse for the Knox County Health Department. "We still have time to have more activity. It could go through as late as May."

Knox County Schools say yesterday they were at 93 percent attendance, which is said to be a very good rate, but several parents had reported isolated flu cases in their kid's classes.

Doctors say maintaining prevention is the key to keeping those cases isolated.

"Wash your hands frequently and cover those coughs," said Cronley.

The health department also says it's never too late to get a flu shot

"If they haven't had a flu vaccination, they can still get that and we do have those available here at the Knox County Health Department at no charge, so there's no reason not to get your flu vaccine," said Cronley.

It typically takes two weeks for the vaccination to kick in and with two months left of the official flu season, doctors say it's worth it.

Health officials also warn if you exhibit any signs of the flu you should stay home and call your doctor immediately.

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