• Three children die from flu in Tennessee, two in East Tennessee; no Knox County cases.

    Asked by GregP_WN on Friday, January 12, 2018

    Three children die from flu in Tennessee, two in East Tennessee; no Knox County cases.

    There are children and healthy adults dying from complications of the flu. Have you gotten a shot yet?

    https://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/health/2018/01/05/flu-cases-reaching-early-fever-pitch-knox/1008323001/

    10 Answers from the Community

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Same thing here in Texas. It is a tough year for the flu. We have lost 23 people here in Dallas Cry this year so far. I worry so much about my mom. She is always on the go and exposed time and again.

      I haven't had the shot this year. From what I understand, people who have had it are coming down with the flu this year...

      I have never been too faithful when it comes to flu shots ... but, i am one of those people, knock on wood, that doesn't seem to get the flu, whether or not I get the shot.

      6 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Nope.

      No intention of doing so either.

      Im wondering if the shot doesnt cause complications.

      @BoiseB .. Hope you are feeling much better.

      6 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Come to think of it who the flock decided it would be okay to no longer have hot water available in public spaces?

      Which moron or morons decided it would be okay to add a chemical to soap which destroys the ability of skin to prevent osmosis?

      Hand sanitizer is nice in a pinch but nothing beats plain old soap and 17 seconds of hot water rinse.

      And stay home if you are unwell. Nobody else can afford your company.

      6 months ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      I've gotten a flu shot every year, ever since the time I skipped getting it in 1996 and ended up being down for the count -- along with fully half of my 40-person department at the time.

      Here's why this year's flu shot is not as effective as in the past:

      "Labs have updated the part of the vaccine that protects against the H1N1 strain this year.

      "But the reason the 2017 shot isn't preventing as many cases of the H3N2 strain is that while scientists were growing the virus in chicken eggs, that strain mutated. It's not a harmful defect, but it means that the non-live strain of H3N2 influenza in the injection is slightly different than what's actually circulating in the human population.

      "That means our bodies don't have the best possible antibodies to fight off real cases of H3N2. Consequently, the majority of flu cases reported in the US so far this season have been that H3N2 strain."

      Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/flu-shot-2017-not-as-effective-but-get-it-anyway-2017-12

      Getting a flu shot is still recommended because, "The shot can still help prevent 40-60% of flu cases and make the virus milder if you do catch it."

      6 months ago
    • lh25's Avatar
      lh25

      I got it. I've never reacted badly to one, and my insurance covers it. I'm hoping it will at least help me be less sick if I get the flu.

      I am fighting a cold now, hoping it doesn't get worse.

      6 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I got the shot about 2 months ago. I came down with the flu Wednesday. People who have gotten the flu shot have died here in Idaho. They say that if you get the flu after you get a mild case of it. Well if this is a mild case I don't think I could survive a full blown case of it. My advice is get the shot and forget you got the shot . Eat to boost your immune system. Wash your hands often. And watch what you put in your mouth. I am horrible about putting things in my mouth. I bite my nails. I believe I picked up the virus when I got my scans at the Hospital. Even though I washed my hands on leaving imaging, I went to the lobby and got a muffin and ate it with my hands. Ever since getting the shot I have been careless about my hygiene and nutrition. After all I had the shot couldn't get sick, right WRONG. PLEASE TAKE CARE EVERYONE

      6 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      Twenty-five years ago, my partner and I simultaneously got the flu. It was almost worse than my subsequent breast cancer - almost. I've made sure to get the flu shot every year since. My partner hasn't. This year, he got the shot while in the ER when he fell. I still haven't gotten the shot. I intend to next week.

      6 months ago
    • cards7up's Avatar
      cards7up

      Though the flu shot doesn't cover this flu out there right now, it's a different strain. The shot can still help. I got the flu, shingles and pneumonia shot this year. The worst one as far as pain, was the pneumonia shot. OUCH. I have no problems with needles, but this one hurt bad for two days. First year ever getting all three! Only ever got the flu shot before.

      6 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      I get the shot every year. I started when I had young kids, and then when I was a preschool teacher for 18 years.
      And I'm at home recovering from the flu. I guess this year they didn't guess right on which strands of flu were coming to get us. Oh well.
      And I will still get a shot in the future.

      6 months ago
    • charnell's Avatar
      charnell

      I have a 35 year old friend that is in the hospital DNR after getting the flu. It is very sad.

      6 months ago

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