KNOXVILLE (WATE) – While flu activity remains low across the country, pediatricians and hospitals in East Tennessee are beginning to see children with the flu.
Dr. Ryan Redman with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital says they have seen their first couple of cases in the last two weeks. Pediatric offices associated with the hospital have reported more than two dozen cases of flu.
It’s not too late to be vaccinated and Redman says flu is a preventable illness. It takes two weeks for the vaccine to be effective, but flu is highly contagious and spreads quickly among children.
People over 65 and young children are at the greatest risk for life-threatening complications from flu. Babies who can’t be vaccinated are at a higher risk, as are any children with chronic medical conditions like asthma, cancer, diabetes or heart problems. Complications can include pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections, and dehydration.