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Doctors encourage vaccine after 11th flu-related death reported

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This week marks the 11th flu-related death in Middle Tennessee.

Doctors are educating patients about some of the myths surrounding the flu shot.

Franklin resident Paula Walker had some misconceptions about the flu vaccination.

"I've heard stories. People say when they do get the flu shot, it gives them flu symptoms. I've always been scared to go and get one," said Walker.

On Friday, Walker learned you can't get the flu from the flu shot.

"So I am going to get one," said Walker.

Doctors said there has been an increase in flu cases, especially in Williamson County.

"We've seen quite of few positive tests in recent weeks," said Dr. Alexander Brunner of Mercy Community Health Care in Franklin.

Dr. Brunner said we have a long flu season ahead of us, and it's not too late to protect yourself.

If you are sick,  it is important to see a doctor within the first 48 hours of your symptoms.  Treatment within that time is effective, however, you need a prescription from a doctor.

"The one that most people know of is Tamiflu," said Dr. Brunner.

So how do you know when you have the flu?  A runny nose and a cough are common with many viruses.

"Body aches in addition to fever, sometimes even chills. Often you can get a very strong headache. Sometimes even pain," said Dr. Brunner.

Walker said she's glad to know now she is protected against the flu.  She said getting the flu shot turned out to be a painless experience.

Children ages six months to 18 years old are especially encouraged to get the flu vaccination as well as pregnant women.

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