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Flu cases increase in Tennessee--Mikayla Lewis

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Thousands of flu cases are popping up around the state, and it is impacting people of all ages.

The virus is spreading rapidly according to Sick Weather's website. The state health department reported there were more than 8,000 cases last week. For some people like Summer Doughty, this flu is short-lived, but packs quite a punch.

Summer Doughty said," I only felt bad for a few days, but it was horrible. It wasn't just normal achy. This was like my whole body had been in a car accident. "

Doughty's six-year-old son, Dameron also got sick. He was one of more than  40 students sent home from his school. He had the same symptoms  as his mother: high fever, migraine and body aches.

Doughty says, " I just kept thinking I hope I feel worse than he does. I hope he doesn't feel this bad. It's horrible to watch your child lay there."

Dr. Cori McKean with TriStar Summit Hospital says she is seeing an increase in flu cases like the Doughtys'.

Dr. Cori McKean said, "Looking like we're going to have a year like last year. So we're hoping its not going to be worse but it doesn't look like it will be better."

Dr. McKean says if you do get sick, an anti-viral medication will only help if taken during the first 48-hours.

Dr. Mckean says, "Otherwise getting lots of sleep, drinking fluids those are the only things you can do."

To prevent the flu, wash your hands and it is not too late to get a flu shot.
Doughty and her son did not get the vaccine before the flu hit them, but Doughty's daughter, Chryslyn did.

Chryslyn Doughty says, "It stung.Felt like somebody pinched me...Maybe it was worth it."

The CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get the  vaccination.

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