Flu activity decreasing nationally but is on the rise in Tennessee

Posted at 9:35 PM, Feb 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-17 23:43:15-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — We may be midway through the month of February, but flu season is still in its peak. According to a new report from the CDC, flu activity is down nationally, but we are seeing an uptick in Tennessee.

26 states, including Tennessee, are experiencing high flu activity. Despite a milder season this year, the CDC says flu activity this past week was the highest it has been all season.

Molly Kincaid has been a pharmacist at this Kroger in Green Hills for nearly three years now. She says see's been seeing many people suffering from the flu over the last week.

"We know it's coming and it's important to do everything we can to ensure we are healthy, not only for us but for our families so that we don't get the flu and potentially expose other people who aren't as healthy," said Molly Kincaid.

If you haven't gotten your flu shot yet, it's not too late. The CDC says this year's flu vaccine appears to be working. The vaccine has reduced the risk of going to the doctor for flu-related illness by 47 percent this season.

Other than getting the flu shot, Kincaid says make sure you're practicing good hygiene.

Flu season usually will last through March.