Flu Deaths On The Rise

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Doctors say 19 Middle Tennesseans have died from complications from the flu -- a death toll that now surpasses that of the 2009-2010 H1N1 global pandemic.

Vanderbilt University, which tracks an eight-county area, says that most of the deaths are among people age 41 to 64.

Among the latest victims is 46-year-old Patrick Sass of Greenbrier. Sass's son, Chris Sass, told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1bmpJWu) that his father died Tuesday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from complications from H1N1.

This year's prominent flu strain, H1N1, generally hits people in the prime of their life.

Chris Sass said his father was a strong, healthy outdoors man who got sick with the flu around Christmas, and then went to the hospital Jan. 1. The father had not had a flu shot.

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