With weeks left of flu season, peak could still come

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With just weeks away from what usually marks the end of the flu season, Tennessee is still seeing widespread activity.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year around mid March, flu activity in the state started to go down from widespread to regional.

According to the CDC, influenza activity remains elevated in the United States.

The highest numbers of reported flu cases from last week were from East Tennessee with 75 confirmed flu cases and in Memphis with 67.

Davidson County had 24 confirmed cases.

Brian Todd, a spokesperson for the Metro Public Health Department, said with weeks away until the end of the flu season, we may not have yet hit the peak.

“Too early to say. As long as you’re in the flu season, you can have another peak,” said Todd. “It seems like we’ve had a couple of peaks during this flu season, which is not uncommon, but until we get fully out of flu season really the risk is always going to be there.”

The reported number of flu cases is based on the providers who volunteer to report, so the actual flu activity could be higher.

The Metro Public Health Dept. is still offering free flu shots on a walk-in basis at three of its clinics until the end of the flu season around the end of April.

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