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Flu vaccines available for uninsured children

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Children covered by TennCare and children without insurance that covers the flu vaccine can get vaccinated at county health department clinics for only a small administrative fee.

The Tennessee Health Department says children will not be turned away if parents cannot afford the fee.   The flu vaccine is especially important for people at high risk for serious illness or death from influenza, which includes young children.

Cancer survivor hands out scarves to chemotherapy patients

Cancer survivor hands out scarves to chemotherapy patients

An East Tennessee cancer survivor is on a mission to help fellow cancer patients feel sassy when they cover up their head with a hat or scarf.

Samantha Garcia has endured two rounds of breast cancer.

She says she hated the feeling of being stared at when she wore a scarf to cover up her head during cancer treatments.

Garcia wants to do away with that stigma, make scarves sassy, and just support other cancer patients.

So, she and her friend started a Facebook page and received more than three hundred scarves and hats from across the county. 

TN meningitis deaths rise to nine

TN meningitis deaths rise to nine

The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed the fungal meningitis outbreak has killed one more person and sickened another in Tennessee.

The CDC said there are now 69 confirmed cases and a total of nine deaths in that state.

Nationwide the death toll has increased to 23, and the number of confirmed cases is 284.

The meningitis outbreak has now reached to 16 states.

Tennessee has the most confirmed number of cases than any other state.

Race for the Cure offers registration discount this weekend

Race for the Cure offers registration discount this weekend

It's been an annual tradition on the streets of Knoxville for more than a decade, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is hoping East Tennesseans will turn out once again this month to help those fighting breast cancer.

For years, this race has seen tremendous growth. In 2010, they hit a record 14,000 participants. Last year, they were down to 11,600. Organizers hope that drop doesn't continue this year.

Wartburg woman describes fungal meningitis scare

Patients of an Oak Ridge pain center are being tested for fungal meningitis.

"They give spinal taps and draw spinal fluid.  The first test I had was on October 3.  It came back that I had seven white blood cells," said patient Faydra England of Wartburg.

England goes to PCA Pain Care center in Oak Ridge. Health officials said the clinic is one of three facilities that received vials of the recalled steroid epidural in Tennessee.

The compounded medicine has been connected to the national meningitis outbreak.

Doctors, dentists fight to keep flouride in Oliver Springs water

Doctors, dentists fight to keep flouride in Oliver Springs water

Some Oliver Springs leaders want flouride out of the public water supply, but several doctors and dentists are fighting to keep it in.

Thursday, the town held a public meeting about the floride levels.

Over the summer, the town's water board voted to remove flouride altogether from the water system. After that vote, leaders learned they were required under state law to give residents a 30-day notice and hold a public forum, which led to Thursday's meeting.

Crossville patient contracted rare form of meningitis

Crossville patient contracted rare form of meningitis

Tennessee health officials have found five more patients who contracted a rare form of meningitis, and one of those was treated at a Crossville clinic.

So far, 26 people in five states who received steroid injections for back pain have been affected. Four people have died.

Eighteen of the cases -- and two deaths -- are in Tennessee where a Nashville clinic received the largest shipment of the steroid suspected in the outbreak.

Wednesday, health officials identified five new cases, including one who received an ESI at the Specialty Surgery Center in Crossville.