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Knox County gets hit hard by flu

4:56 PM, Jan 3, 2013   |    comments
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Tennessee continues to see a high number of flu-like illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control.  This fall, flu season started off early and strong.

Thursday, we checked in with the Knox County Health Department to get an update.

Because of the way they track cases, not every flu illness gets documented.  It's only during certain circumstances, like a death in a pediatric case, that it's recorded.

Still, they say overall, it's been a heavier season compared with last year's.

"They're seeing a lot of influenza A, not as much as the H1N1 that we had seen in the past two years. So, a slight variation," said Connie Cromley, a nurse epidemiologist with the Knox Co. Health Department.

The health department says despite what people might think, it's not too late to get a vaccine.

If you're feeling sick, they say it's best to stay home, get rest, and drink plenty of fluids, and don't forget to wash your hands!

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