Having flu doesn't mean you can't get it again


NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Right now, several school districts in Tennessee are closed tomorrow due to widespread flu.

The CDC says there have been more than 60 pediatric flu related deaths nationwide. Six children and one pregnant woman have died in Tennessee this flu season, according to the state health department.

It's busy season for Dr. Ty Babcock with Physicians Urgent Care in the mid-state.

The CDC latest data show the week of January 20, about 1 in 10 deaths for adults are due to pneumonia and influenza this year.

Dr. Ty Babcock with Physicians Urgent Care says, "Big risks for secondary infection certainly bacterial infections, pneumonia is the big one we always worry about. I heard a term a called rebound flu recently on social media. Medically, I don't know what that is but I assume they're talking about is people trying to go back to work too soon, or try to keep pushing through the flu, or catch a secondary infection like pneumonia or sinus infection, ear infection and they suddenly get sicker for 4 or 5 days."

Dr. Babcok says if you're still running a fever, you're still contagious. Take time to heal or it could take longer for you to feel...better.

"There are a lot more people catching the flu, Just because you've had it once, doesn't mean you can't get it again. I 've actually diagnosed flu twice in the same patients a couple of times this year, so continue to use the same precautions," adds Dr. Babcock.

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