CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) If need to go to a hospital emergency room this weekend expect to see a crowd.
The flu epidemic of 2018 can be blamed for most of it and weather related incidents come in second.
The Centers for Disease control says this years flu epidemic is one of the most severe in recent years.
According to its latest report, the flu is widespread in all states except Hawaii.
Fourteen thousand new laboratory-confirmed cases were reported for the week ending January 13th.
It will come as no surprise that Tennessee and Georgia are among the states most affected.
PATRICK JOHNSON, R.N., MEMORIAL CHI, DIR. CLINICAL OPERATIONS Flu season at Memorial has been very impactful. Weve seen a higher prevalence of flu this year, than weve seen in years past, probably 30% of our patients that come in our EED each day have been diagnosed with the flu or have flu like symptoms.
Johnson says hes been a Memorial Hospital for 11 years and this years outbreak is the worst hes seen.
Some wonder, is it the vaccine thats being used this year?
The vaccine that they shared this year has only been 10-30% effective as one of the contributing factors, um, theres also ...