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CDC reports high flu activity in Tennessee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The flu has taken hold in Middle Tennessee as the state is now in the midst of a widespread outbreak, the most severe category listed by the Centers for Disease Control.

According to health officials, this year's outbreak is the earliest start to the flu season in nearly a decade.

At Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, doctors have seen an uptick in flu cases over the past week.

"It is a concern that it has started so early so you always worry is it going to be a severe flu season as a result of things getting started as quickly as they have," Dr. Joseph Gigante told Nashville's News 2.

So many students are sick in some districts that schools are closed all week.

Dr. Gigante said so far the cases he's seen have not been severe.

"Thankfully, it's not as bad as we've seen in the past. We've seen kids who are sick but we haven't seen very many secondary complications like kids being dehydrated or hospitalized for pneumonia," said Dr. Gigante.

Health officials advise the best way to prevent the flu is to receive a flu vaccination.

The CDC reports around 24,000 Americans die each flu season.

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