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Flu Cases On The Rise Across Tennessee

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by Emily Luxen

LAFAYETTE, Tenn. - Flu cases are on the rise across Tennessee, and many health officials are encouraging people to get flu shots to protect themselves.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the predominant strain this year is H1N1, and it has been primarily targeting young and middle-age adults.

A Spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Health said flu cases typically increase statewide in January and February, and doctors urge anyone who has not gotten a flu shot to get one now.

Vaccines are available at doctor's offices, health departments across the state, or retail pharmacies.

One Macon County woman is spreading the same message, after losing her husband to H1N1.

"If I could prevent one person from going through what I've been through, that would make a big difference," said Andrea Martin.

Martin's husband, Johnathan passed away last week at age 36 from complications of H1N1. She said he was happy and healthy just weeks ago, but he did not get a flu shot.

"He hated shots and was needle-phobic," said Andrea Martin. "I didn't have the heart to make him get a flu shot. I think it could have saved his life."

Johnathan Martin started experiencing typical flu symptoms at the beginning of December, but those symptoms continued to worsen. He was hospitalized, and later died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Johnathan Martin was a pastor at the Willette Christian Church and a father to two young daughters. Andrea Martin hopes his story will help remind others that a simple flu shot could save lives.

"Please, please get a flu shot," said Andrea Martin. "If you don't get a shot, get the mist."

A fund has been set up to help the Martin family. Donations can be made to the "Andrea Martin Special Account" at Macon Bank and Trust at 609 Red Boiling Springs Road, Lafayette, TN. Their phone number is (615)-666-2121.

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