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CDC: Flu activity widespread in TN

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Flu activity in Tennessee is now considered to be widespread, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At least 14 people in Nashville and surrounding counties have died from having the flu. More than 400 have been hospitalized.

Emergency rooms throughout Middle Tennessee have seen a significant increase in patients with flu-like symptoms, from Maury Regional to Vanderbilt to Tri-Star Centennial medical centers. Williamson Medical Center reports about 10 percent of their ER users have been people with symptoms of flu.

Experts say the biggest peaks in flu cases come five days after Thanksgiving, five days after Christmas and five days after kids go back to school after the holidays.

Many of the cases in Middle Tennessee have been the H1N1 strain of the flu.

The demand for the influenza antiviral medication Tamiflu has been especially high this flu season, but pharmacies in Nashville are not reporting running out of the medication, despite temporary shortages at the manufacturer.

Experts say it's not too late to get a flu shot and that it takes about 10 days or two weeks to take effect. They recommend that everyone gets vaccinated once per season.

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