Tennessee death toll from H1N1 flu hits double digits

Friday, January 24, 2014
By Paul Martin

Tennessean are seeing a rise of H1N1 in 2014, the same strain that cause a pandemic in 2009, and many health officials are urging more and more people to get flu vaccinations this year.

MARIE CORHERN
Hartsvillevidette.com
JAN 24, 2014

Tennessean are seeing a rise of H1N1 in 2014, the same strain that cause a pandemic in 2009, and many health officials are urging more and more people to get flu vaccinations this year.

So far as many as 12 people in Middle Tennessee have officially died from complications due to the H1N1 strain of influenza, and many more could have had or died from complications.

According to Shelley Walker, assistant director communication and media relations with the Tennessee Department of Health, the department mainly tracks pediatric and pregnant deaths.

“We do not have any numbers to report of deaths attributed to flu, and we cannot provide any information on any individuals or cases,” said Walker. “We do unfortunately see deaths from flu each year. Influenza is a potentially deadly illness, and getting a flu vaccine is the best way to prevent infection with the flu.”

She did add that Tennessee’s flu season hits the hardest between January and February, and “we know the flu is now circulating throughout the state.”

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