Flu cases increase; Vaccine still available locally

LOCAL NEWS — If you’re sick … stay home. This is the take away this week from the recent uptick in confirmed flu cases … especially in the student population here in Moore County.

On Tuesday, Metro Director of Schools Chad Moorehead decided to close all Moore County schools for the remainder of the week due to illness. Previously scheduled athletic events remain scheduled at this time but Moorehead cautioned any sick fans to “stay home and get well.” Following suit, the organizers of the annual Miss Lynchburg Pageant decided to postpone their event until February 8 for similar reason. The event was originally scheduled for this Saturday.

It seems to be a prudent move. Also on Tuesday, the State Department of Health confirmed the eighth pediatric death in Tennessee related to the current flu season. Three of those deaths took place in Middle Tennessee. As of last week, 45 of Tennessee’s 95 counties had at least one confirmed flu case. According to the CDC, Tennessee continues to rank high in flu activity.

Lori Neal Russel of the Lynchburg Medical Clinic says her office did see a slight spike in cases last week.

“I think it’s been bad in kids,” she told The Times. “But not too bad in adults.”

Flu symptoms include a fever of over 100 degrees plus aches, fatigue, weakness, cough, and a headache. Symptoms usually happen abruptly. Medical professional say it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you’re feeling sick, stay at home as patients remain contagious for three to four days.

Flu vaccines are still available at the Metro Moore Health Department as well as Lynchburg Medical Clinic. LMC also has high dose vaccines recommended for patients 65 years and older. To make an appointment with the Health Department, call 931-759-4251. To make an appointment with the Lynchburg Medical Clinic, call 931-759-4197. •

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Flu kills two children in Tennessee

{Art courtesy of the CDC}

STATE NEWS — State health officials report the first two pediatric flu deaths in Tennessee. According to the Tennessee Department of Health, one child in Middle Tennessee and one child in East Tennessee are now dead due to flu-related illness. The first flu-related child death happened in Texas in November.

During any flu season, children and people over the age of 65 are most at risk for developing serious complications from the flu. For all Tennesseans, health officials recommend getting a flu shot as soon as possible. Most county health departments, including the Moore County Health Department, offers flu vaccinations free of charge.

Health officials also warn those suffering with the flu to stay home and avoid infecting other people. People with flu are most contagious in the first three to four days after the illness begins but can infect others for up to a week.

There are subtle differences between the common cold and flu. Flu symptoms tend to arrive abruptly with fever, aches, and chills. Flu patients often feel fatigued and weak. Sneezing, coughing, or a sore throat are more common with a cold than the flu. Flu patients also often suffer with a headache.

The Moore County Health Department is located at 251 Majors Boulevard. They are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed every Saturday and Sunday. For more information about getting your flu vaccination, call them at 931-759-4251.•

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}