Dr. Dieckhaus recommends everyone over the age of six months receive the vaccine and says it's not too late to get one if you haven't already.
At the time, public health said this flu season is expected to be more severe than usual based on the amount of flu activity seen earlier this year in the southern hemisphere. It was anticipated the USA would follow suit to the tail end of Australia's flu season that ended with increased reports of influenza "A" (H3N2 strain).
Influenza, commonly referred to as the flu, can impact anyone, but serious complications can occur for people 65 and older, those with certain chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease, and in pregnant women and young children, according to the CDC.
Michael Wiese, an epidemiologist for the Department of Health in Hillsborough County, said while flu seasons can be hard to predict, this year's strain could be concerning.
The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. "It does tend to impact the elderly population more", she said Tuesday in an interview.
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"Or it's possible we'll have more cases overall this year, " she continued.
That's just one reason scientists have been trying to come up with a universal flu vaccine for years now. The flu vaccine provides protection against the strains of flu that are likely to circulate this year and which may be different from last year.
"The strain that's been detected as the primary circuiting strain of flu virus can cause more severe illness than some of the other strains", Wiese said.
Officials said the best way to prevent getting the flu is to get a vaccine.
People who have the flu often experience all or numerous following symptoms: fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue and occasionally vomiting or diarrhea, although digestive issues are more common in children.
Signs and symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle aches. This requires employees who have not received the flu vaccine to wear a mask when within 6 feet of any patient or resident care area, as well as when performing patient related tasks in both patient and non-patient care areas.