Flu season peaks early in Tennessee
BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. - Flu season is at its peak in Tennessee, and it's earlier this year, according to Dr. Andrew Stephen May with the Sullivan County Regional Health Department.
"Cover cough; cover sneeze; don't touch our eyes," Dr. May recommends. "Hand washing, hand washing, hand washing. And if you're ill, please stay out of work. You don't need to be infecting your co-workers."
More than 6 percent of visits to clinics across the state right now are due to flu-like symptoms. Locally, it's lower than the state average, hovering around 2 percent. Normally, we would see these levels in February.
Dr. May encourages people to get their flu shot to protect from the virus.