- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Knox County Health Department says the number of flu cases in East Tennessee is continuing to climb at a higher rate than in other parts of the state.

WBIR-TV (http://on.wbir.com/1zOUMZ3) reports the flu-like symptoms caused the Holston Health and Rehab Center to temporarily lock down over the weekend. In addition, two schools systems closed for a day this month due to widespread illness.

Pharmacist Denise Barker says there’s been in spike in flu cases in the last 10 days. She recommends that people get a flu shot.

The flu outbreak in Tennessee for the week ending Dec. 13 was still considered regional, one step below widespread, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Influenza surveillance report.

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Information from: WBIR-TV, http://www.wbir.com/

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