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    Middle TN flu deaths reach 16; nearly 500 hospitalized

    NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - The Midstate's largest hospital is reporting more flu deaths as the number of people hospitalized continues to climb.

    Officials at Vanderbilt University Medical Center said Monday that 466 people have been hospitalized with lab-confirmed cases of influenza in Nashville and the seven surrounding counties in Middle Tennessee, with 16 confirmed deaths.

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    http://www.wsmv.com/story/24501772/m...0-hospitalized
    "I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much." - Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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    Re: Middle TN flu deaths reach 16; nearly 500 hospitalized

    pH1N1
    TamiFlu Resistance

    in
    Tennessee

    The most recent Tennessee pH1N1 sequence on record was sampled last season and is TamiFlu Resistant on a CrossClade background with Hemagglutinin genetics indicating H7N9 Correlation.

    This combination of recognised High-Impact genetics on future clinical outcomes would merit deposits of the samples being held in freezers.

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      Re: Middle Tennessee Flu Death Toll Rises to 18

      Middle Tennessee Flu Death Toll Rises to 18

      NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) ? Officials at Vanderbilt University Medical Center say at least 18 Middle Tennesseans have died from the flu.

      Vanderbilt says the deaths have occurred in Davidson and seven surrounding counties. This year's outbreak has also sent nearly 500 Middle Tennesseans to the hospital.

      The numbers show how much worse the flu season is this year compared with the entire 2012-2013 season when 11 people died and 437 were hospitalized.

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      http://wmot.org/post/middle-tennesse...-toll-rises-18
      "I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much." - Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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        Re: Middle Tennessee Flu Death Toll Rises to 19

        Source: http://www.wate.com/story/24530969/flu-deaths


        At least 19 dead from flu in Middle Tennessee
        Posted: Jan 23, 2014 1:29 PM EST
        By Jamey Tucker, Video Journalist - bio | email

        NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

        Officials at Vanderbilt University Medical Center now say at least 19 middle Tennesseans have died from the flu...

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          Re: Middle Tennessee Flu Death Toll Rises to 19

          News story with video.
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          <tr style="float: center;"><td style="font-size: 140%; font-weight: bold;">At least 19 dead from flu in Middle Tennessee
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          <tr style="float: center;"><td style="font-size: 90%;">"Influenza can certainly harm people who are old and frail, but it can also take a perfectly healthy person and put them in the hospital in 48 hours," said Schaffner.
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          <tr style="float: center; font-size: 60%;"><td>By Jamey Tucker, Video Journalist</td></tr>
          <tr style="float: center; font-size: 60%;"><td><a href="http://www.wate.com/" target="_blank">6 abc East Tennessee WATE.com</a>
          Posted: Jan 23, 2014 12:29 PM CST</td></tr>
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          <span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: 100%;">'Dr. William Schaffner
          Vanderbilt University
          Chairman, Infectious Diseases

          "We're in the middle of influenza season this year and we've already exceeded last year's total. So we're clearly on the severe end of the spectrum and what's disturbing to us is that this flu strain seems to attack, seems to like younger adults and children."

          "Influenza can certainly harm people who are old and frail, but it can also take a perfectly healthy person and put them in the hospital in 48 hours. The deaths take a little longer than the acute cases, so as we go along throughout the flu season I'm afraid we will accumulate people who've been victimized."'

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            Re: Middle Tennessee Flu Death Toll Rises to 19

            Originally posted by NS1 View Post
            News story with video.
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            <tr style="float: center;"><td style="font-size: 140%; font-weight: bold;">At least 19 dead from flu in Middle Tennessee
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            <tr style="float: center;"><td style="font-size: 90%;">"Influenza can certainly harm people who are old and frail, but it can also take a perfectly healthy person and put them in the hospital in 48 hours," said Schaffner.
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            <tr style="float: center; font-size: 60%;"><td>By Jamey Tucker, Video Journalist</td></tr>
            <tr style="float: center; font-size: 60%;"><td><a href="http://www.wate.com/" target="_blank">6 abc East Tennessee WATE.com</a>
            Posted: Jan 23, 2014 12:29 PM CST</td></tr>
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            <span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: 100%;">'Dr. William Schaffner
            Vanderbilt University
            Chairman, Infectious Diseases

            "We're in the middle of influenza season this year and we've already exceeded last year's total. So we're clearly on the severe end of the spectrum and what's disturbing to us is that this flu strain seems to attack, seems to like younger adults and children."

            "Influenza can certainly harm people who are old and frail, but it can also take a perfectly healthy person and put them in the hospital in 48 hours. The deaths take a little longer than the acute cases, so as we go along throughout the flu season I'm afraid we will accumulate people who've been victimized."'

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            pH1N1
            Fatality and Severity
            mid-Season s2013
            Middle Tennessee


            Although hospitalisations are only 12.8% higher at mid-season this year than the season total of s2012, this year's fatality count is already 73% higher.

            We are only able to compare severity and fatality from last year to this year in Middle Tennessee based on the statistics made available if we properly annotate those factors. Last season (s2012) was a predominantly sH3N2 circulation, a very different patient and clinical profile. That sH3N2 s2012 surge was unexpected by public health authorities around the nation and resulted in hospitalisations and fatalities in several states 500% higher than in the previous season.

            Where information was reported in s2012, large percentages of fatalities were in vaccinated citizens, e.g. Indiana through Week 15 of 2013 had tripled the previous state death record and 74% of those fatalities were either confirmed vaccinated (38%) or conveniently classified as unknown vaccination status (36%).

            With that in mind, compare this mid-season's hospitalisation and fatality counts against last season with the knowledge that last season was a record-setting circulation in many geographies around America.

            Hospitalisation
            • s2012 Full, sH3N2 - Count 437
            • s2013 Mid, pH1N1 - Count 493

            Fatality
            • s2012 Full, sH3N2 - Count 11
            • s2013 Mid, pH1N1 - Count 19

            These figures do not in any way accommodate the Years of Life Lost (YLL) calculations that for pH1N1 in 2009 demonstrated a loss profile multiples higher than in most sH3N2 flu seasons.

            Getting an apples to apples comparison on any pathogen facet from the Influenza research community is something more than daunting.

            After an unpredicted severe season 12 months ago (s2012 from a sH3N2 pathogen known for 43 years) where vaccinated citizens died in record-setting numbers, the public is again left in a veritable quandary a year later with mid-season death counts beginning to multiply the records of last year.

            Primary drug resistance is geographically widespread and immune escape genetics are seeded across the United States. While public health leaders are surprised and disturbed, average men and women are watching their loved ones agonisingly take their last breaths from an unnecessary disease.

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              Re: Middle Tennessee Flu Death Toll Rises to 19

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              <tr style="float: center;"><td style="font-size: 140%; font-weight: bold;">FDA warns public of national Tamiflu shortage
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              <tr style="float: center;"><td style="font-size: 90%;">Williams told News 2 it isn't unusual for some Tamiflu shortage during flu season, however; this hasn't been a normal flu season.
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              <tr style="float: center; font-size: 60%;"><td>By Jamey Tucker, Video Journalist</td></tr>
              <tr style="float: center; font-size: 60%;"><td><a href="http://www.wkrn.com/" target="_blank">2 abc WKRN-TV Nashville</a>
              Posted: Jan 16, 2014 2:54 PM CST
              Updated: Jan 16, 2014 05:07 PM</td></tr>
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              <span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: 100%;">'Pharmacist Ralph Williams
              Hendersonville Health Mart

              "We've had at least five to seven times the number of Tamiflu [prescriptions] than what we usually have this time of year," Williams said.'

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                Re: Middle Tennessee Flu Death Toll Rises to 19

                Middle Tennessee flu deaths surpass '09-10

                NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nineteen people in Middle Tennessee have died from complications from the flu - a death toll that now surpasses the number of lives lost in the region during the 2009-2010 flu pandemic.

                Vanderbilt University, which tracks an eight-county area, says that most of the deaths are among people between the ages of 41 and 64. This year's prominent flu strain, H1N1, generally hits people in the prime of their life.

                Among the latest victims is 46-year-old Patrick Sass of Greenbrier. Sass's son, Chris Sass, said that his father died Tuesday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from complications from H1N1.

                http://www.paducahsun.com/news/kentu...ths_MUST-PROMO

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                  Re: Middle Tennessee Flu Death Toll Rises to 19

                  Originally posted by tetano View Post
                  Middle Tennessee flu deaths surpass '09-10

                  NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nineteen people in Middle Tennessee have died from complications from the flu - a death toll that now surpasses the number of lives lost in the region during the 2009-2010 flu pandemic.

                  Vanderbilt University, which tracks an eight-county area, says that most of the deaths are among people between the ages of 41 and 64. This year's prominent flu strain, H1N1, generally hits people in the prime of their life.

                  Among the latest victims is 46-year-old Patrick Sass of Greenbrier. Sass's son, Chris Sass, said that his father died Tuesday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from complications from H1N1.

                  http://www.paducahsun.com/news/kentu...ths_MUST-PROMO
                  Originally posted by tetano View Post
                  Lufkin doctor hospitalized with H1N1 while daughter takes care of family

                  While a Lufkin doctor, diagnosed with H1N1, remains in a medically induced coma at Methodist Hospital in Houston, his 19-year-old daughter is furiously working to spread word of the family?s needs and to encourage the public to get a flu vaccination.

                  Rebecca Gill, whose father is Dr. Christopher Gill, a cardiologist at the Heart Institute of East Texas, said the experience for her family which included her mother, Mariela, also being hospitalized with the flu and subsequently suffering a heart attack, began the day after Christmas.

                  ?He was making his rounds and became nauseous,? Gill said. ?He went to the emergency room and they told him they thought he had an upper respiratory infection and sent him home with an antibiotic. My mom began to get sick the next day after caring for him.?

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                  http://lufkindailynews.com/news/comm...tml?mode=print
                  Severe or Fatal Influenza
                  in
                  Spousal Clusters


                  Family clusters of severe or fatal influenza have been reported this season.

                  The Gill family of Lufkin, Texas saw both parents hospitalised with influenza with their mother subsequently having a heart attack while under care and the father, a cardiologist, being air-lifted to Houston for direct admission to Critical Care under a medically-induced coma.

                  Both husband and wife suffered a fatal outcome in Knox County, Kentucky [FT#216770].

                  The Sass family from Greenbriar, Tennessee has lost their 45 year old father after he and their ill mother made a difficult financial decision at Christmas that she would pursue medical care.

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