Middle Tennessee woman shares her flu experience as illness remains widespread

(Fox 17 News)

A Mid-State employee opened up about what it was like missing a week of work with Influenza A.

Rachel Smith, 33, is finally nearing that 100 percent mark — that point after the flu where you finally feel like yourself again.

”I haven’t had the flu since I was 13," Smith said. "I get the flu shot regularly, so to have to feel as bad as I did, practically laying down on my desk I just couldn’t move...It was surreal for me to have to call in and say I need help, I can’t, I’m not going to be there for I don’t know how long."

Smith, who says she hardly gets sick, missed nearly a week of work because of the flu.

"It just blows my mind because literally that’s not my norm," Smith said. "I wouldn’t say I’m 100 percent healthy. I have allergies, and have regular things living in the basin here, but the severeness of the flu...I would wish that on no one. It hurt."

Across the country, people of all ages and medical backgrounds have contracted the Influenza A H3N2 strain. It's a strain that doctor Ty Babcock with Physicians Urgent Care in West Nashville says happens less frequently so that’s why this year has been more severe .

“Anytime that more numbers of people are getting the flu, more people will die from the flu," Babcock said. "There have been some reported of middle age younger, healthier people who died, which happens every year."

Dr. Babcock said people should take precautions even if they're had the flu before.

“The flu is a severe disease, and you could be prone to catch it even if you don’t get one of the severe complications," Babcock said. "If you catch it, you’re probably going to be out of work for a week."

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