Local Doctor Highlights More Flu Deaths than Traffic Deaths

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Numbers from the CDC and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Flu cases have already been confirmed in Tennessee. Recommendations from the CDC show that anyone six months of age and older should get a flu shot before the end of October.

Dr. David Bauman with St. Thomas Medical Partners in Murfreesboro said the flu does not receive proper respect



The Centers for Disease Control out of Atlanta, GA confirmed that over 900,000 people were hospitalized across the country last year due to the flu and 80,000 died. In Tennessee, ten children died because of the flu.

Flu Symptoms

Influenza (also known as flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who are sick with flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

• Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
• Cough
• Sore throat
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Muscle or body aches
• Headaches
• Fatigue (tiredness)
• Some may have vomiting and diarrhea, though more common in children vs. adults
• It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

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