The warm weather this past weekend has many around the Scenic City ready to welcome Spring, but the health department warns that the winter flu is still hanging around.
"Just hadn't thought about it and gotten around to it," said David Wheery, a UTC student who hasn't gotten his flu shot.
Many students we spoke with Monday are in a similar situation as Wheery.
"There is a million other things I'm trying to do and I'm pretty healthy," said Anthony Nelson, "I run, so I'm not really concerned about it."
Nationwide numbers from the Centers for Disease Control show that people between the age of 18 and 64 account for more than 60 percent of all flu cases.
"A bunch of my friends have gotten the flu," said Taylor Davidson, another student at UTC, "My brother got the flu and he's also a college student."
In years past, the 18-65 age group has accounted for around 35% of the flu cases.
"This year we have had reports of more severe illness in a younger and middle age group," said Margaret Zylstra, she monitors the trends of flu in Hamilton County.
She says locally, the peak period for the virus is behind us.
"The last few weeks, those counts have decreased to what we wre seeing in the end of December and January," said Zylstra.
But she warns that we aren't out of the clear just yet.
"Flu is still circulating," said Zylstra, "so we continue to monitor that all the way through May."
"I got the flu mist this year," said Davidson, "my parents told me to."
Davidson gets the vaccine each year, while many of her peers skip out on the shot or spray for a number of reasons.
"They may think they're healthy and don't need a vaccine or don't get sick very often," said Zylstra.
The CDC reports that less than half the people in America get the vaccine, which is concerning to Zylstra.
"We recommend the vacine for every age group, even if people are generally healthy," said Zylstra.
Zylstra says you can be contagious even before showing symptoms of the flu.. so be sure to wash your hands regularly and refrain from touching your mouth and nose in public.
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