Infectious Diseases

January 5, 2018

What you need to know about this year’s flu

Discover what strains are prominent, how effective this year’s vaccine is, and how hard the virus has hit Tennessee so far.

(Photo by Susan Urmy)

Don’t let the new year bring you a case of the flu. Flu season is winding up in Middle Tennessee, and it will get worse over the next few months. If you haven’t caught it yet, you still have time to protect yourself and loved ones from this year’s nasty strain.

“Flu has started, we’re seeing cases, and we expect to see more cases progressively each week,” said Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “It’s out there already, it’s starting up, and it’s gaining momentum.”