Tennessee is the epicenter of U.S. flu cases as flu vaccinations lag

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – There is disturbing news about the spread of the flu across the state.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Tennessee is currently among three flu virus epicentres across the country, experiencing the highest levels of flu virus spread in the country.

The other states are Alabama and South Carolina.

On top of that statistic, nationwide flu vaccination rates are the lowest since the pandemic.

Even with a flu virus that can spread so easily through crowds, vaccine fatigue wasn’t hard to come by in bustling downtown Nashville.

“I think the COVID part of it kind of freaked people out — being forced to get it,” said Cheryl Houlden, a visitor from Manitoba.

“I think there’s a lot of fear out there that doesn’t match reality. We try not to live in fear, try to be smart, don’t do stupid things,” said Robert Bowen of Georgia.

The CDC recommends everyone six months and older get the flu shot.

“The flu shot doesn’t mean I won’t get the flu, just to be less sick in case I do get it,” said Minnesota resident Viviane Leuche.

With a chance still that flu vaccinations will increase in Tennessee and flu virus rates will decline, doctors are hoping for a change soon.

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