Locally and nationally, flu outbreak appears to be worsening

Locally and nationally, flu outbreak appears to be worsening

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Two year old Isaac is just the latest patient to fall victim to the symptoms of this year's flu virus Two year old Isaac is just the latest patient to fall victim to the symptoms of this year's flu virus
This year the common strain is H1N1 and as always the flu is more dangerous for children and the elderly This year the common strain is H1N1 and as always the flu is more dangerous for children and the elderly
At the Fountain City clinic about 65 percent of their patients are coming in with flu-like symptoms At the Fountain City clinic about 65 percent of their patients are coming in with flu-like symptoms

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The flu outbreak across the country appears to be worsening. Doctors in Middle Tennessee report 11 people statewide have died from flu-related complications, and state health officials now say that a child in Tennessee has died from the seasonal flu.

At the Fountain City Summit Medical Express Clinic, they're seeing double their usual amount of patients.

Two year old Isaac is just the latest patient to fall victim to the symptoms of this year's flu virus.

 "I don't know if it was mother instinct that I knew something wasn't right, he had a temperature of 102.2," said mom Kristi Lastimoza.

When Lastimoza picked up her son from daycare he had all the symptoms and she brought him straight to the clinic.

"I knew in the back of my mind he hadn't had his flu shot and I knew flu was going around real rampant," she said.

At the Fountain City clinic about 65 percent of their patients are coming in with flu-like symptoms.

"We have had a high influx of patients. We typically see about 30 patients a day and now that's kind of changed over the last 2-3 weeks to 70 patients a day," said nurse practitioner Kandenna Greene.

She said this year the flu has hit hard. 

"We thought it was going to be a great season, and then Christmas Eve it exploded with the flu this year," she explained.

This year the common strain is H1N1 and as always the flu is more dangerous for children and the elderly.

"You have to watch their symptoms closely because they're more likely to get a phenomena from the virus," said Greene.

For Lastimoza, she says there will be a lot of fluids and rest in Isaac's future.

"Immediately I wish I could take it for him, because I know the flu will get worse before it gets better

She said the rest of the family did get vaccinated; Isaac's doctor was just out of town when they took him in. But she has advice for parents out there so they don't end up in the doctor's office.

"There's still time to get vacationed for your kids, if not for your self," said Lastimoza.

Greene says the vaccine takes around two weeks to take affect but it is still recommended because flu season can last until the beginning of March.

According to CDC, symptoms of the flu include a fever, along with chills, headache and moderate to severe body aches, and a dry cough. Symptoms can come on rapidly within three to six hours.

But even getting the flu vaccine will not prevent the flu. The CDC reports incidents of people developing the virus even after receiving a vaccination.

 

 

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