NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Heading into the New Year and the height of flu season, doctors have begun bracing for what they say could be a rough year. The H1N1 strain of flu is back.
Also known as Swine Flu, doctors said H1N1 poses a risk to normally healthy, young people, in addition to those normally susceptible to the flu.
The last time we saw widespread cases of the virus in 2009.
Dr. William Schaffner said it is not too late to get yourself vaccinated. He said don't count on shots from previous years to cover you now.
"Each year there are a number of different viruses at work," said Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. "Some are more prominent than others and particularly towards the end of the flu season. Some of these minor players can play a more prominent role."
Nashville and the surrounding seven counties area have already seen 170 lab-confirmed cases of flu. Two of those cases resulted in death.
Every year thousands of people nationwide die from the flu, but doctors said H1N1 is concerning because it can hospitalize healthy people in just 48 hours.
Students in the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood are busy getting ready for next week's Project Expo and had the opportunity to show it off some of their projects to Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper.