Something's missing in Tennessee this winter --- the flu. The state's influenza season has been milder than in recent years.
Less than two percent of the population has had flu-like symptoms, but the peak season is still approaching. A total of about 58-hundred flu-like cases have been reported across the state, only slightly more than the five-thousand cases reported this time last year.
State and local health departments usually start recording flu-like symptoms the first week of October and continue until the end of May. The state only keeps records of children who die as a result of the flu, but there have been no deaths reported this year.