During the last week of January, the Nashville - Murfreesboro region had a higher number of flu cases than the rest of the Volunteer State. More than 50 influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported nationwide during the 2017-2018 flu season.
Last week the statewide roundup had almost 10,000 new cases and 18 deaths.
"This year is a little unusual compared to other years where the differences between age groups was a little more fluid", she said. This year the flu has affected people in the continental United States and Puerto Rico. That's more than Oklahoma County which has had 14 deaths and 514 hospitalizations.
The main difference of course between the flu and the common cold are the severity and duration of symptoms. The outbreak has taken a toll on nursing homes and assisted living facilities and recently has led to overcrowded emergency rooms. We also continue to hear reports of crowded hospitals and spot shortages of antiviral medications and rapid influenza tests.
In Tennessee, the health department is reporting six children and one pregnant woman have died from the flu.
Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
Pennsylvania registered 26 more flu-related deaths last week, bringing the flu season total to 91, according to figures released by the state Tuesday. However, influenza is not always listed as a cause on a death certificate.
In Yakima County, most of those who died were older than 40 and had compromised immune systems, Sixberry said.
Even though this season's vaccine is proving to be less effective than officials expected, the CDC is still recommending vaccination.
Health officials are urging those who have not yet had their flu shot to get immunized and practice rigorous hygiene to prevent getting sick.