It’s not over. Health leaders say we’re in the thick of it when it comes to flu season. That’s why the Shelby County Health Department is reminding you free flu shots are now available, while supplies last.
A number of school districts have been affected by contagious illnesses. School districts in nine middle Tennessee counties have called off classes through next Thursday because illnesses like the flu and strep throat. Both students and teachers are getting hit pretty hard with the illnesses.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the exact timing of flu season can vary from state to state. But most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, and can last as late as May.
Health leaders say be on the lookout for flu symptoms; fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle or body aches.
The Shelby County Health Department says you should make a point to wash your hands frequently, and cough/sneeze into your sleeves. Also, stay home from school or work when sick until you’ve had 24 hours without symptoms.