According to Shelley Walker, assistant director communication and media relations with the Tennessee Department of Health, the department mainly tracks pediatric and pregnant deaths.
"We do not have any numbers to report of deaths attributed to flu, and we cannot provide any information on any individuals or cases," said Walker
"We do unfortunately see deaths from flu each year.
Influenza is a potentially deadly illness, and getting a flu vaccine is the best way to prevent infection with the flu."
did add that Tennessee's flu season hits the hardest between January and February, and "we know the flu is now circulating throughout the state."
"We urge anyone who has not yet had a flu vaccine to get one as soon as possible to be protected throughout the rest of the flu season," added Walker
added that all versions of the vaccine will protect against H1N1.
Citizens six-months-old and older are urged to get the vaccine.
In 2009-10, 15 deaths among Tennessee children younger than 18 occurred, compared to the average two to three deaths during a typical flu season.
For those who many feel they have been effected by the flu, Walker
offered this advice, "Our recommendation for anyone who has the flu is that he
stay at home
to recover to help prevent the spread of the illness to others.