He said: "Flu activity, as measured by a number of different systems, has continued to increase in the last week or two". "I think it is a weather change, and people like to stay in the house so they are exposed to more infections and more risk".
The acting chief medical officer said there are no great concerns locally, even as 23 states in the USA reported increased cases of influenza, something the C.D.C. said was proof of an intensifying flu season.
Serious complications can result from flu.
This year, experts are warning about a severe flu season, and they're already seeing a rise in flu cases in some parts of the country. How long the virus lasts depends on each person and their immunity, Killingsworth said. In fact, it's best if you remain at home and away from others for at least 24 hours after your fever breaks so you don't infect people who are well.
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The terrifying strain mainly affects older people, those with long-term health conditions, pregnant women and children. Influenza-like illness is defined as fever (temperature of 100°F or greater) and cough and/or sore throat.
The flu, unlike the common cold, begins abruptly.
"We still have a few more months ahead in this season". Symptoms may also include vomiting and diarrhea in children.
Comer also reminds hospital staff to remain clean to protect patients. Wash door knobs and handles used in public access areas.
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Antiviral drugs work best when given within two days of getting sick.
Tennessee is one of only 13 states that is not reporting widespread flu activity.
During the 2016-2017 season, there were 77 confirmed deaths caused by influenza in Los Angeles County, according to the County of Los Angeles Public Health. Also, the influenza vaccine effectiveness is generally lower against the A (H3N2) strain.
You don't need a prescription to get the vaccine from a pharmacy and virtually every insurance plan covers it, he added.
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"Typically in years when the predominant strain is H3N2, there are more hospitalizations, more severe disease and people tend to get sicker", Dr. Michael Ison, a professor of infectious disease and organ transplantation at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, told NBC News.