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Flu fears spread since death of Pace woman

Updated: Friday, January 24 2014, 09:01 AM CST
Although the number of flu cases aren't relatively high here in northwest Florida, the impact is just as brutal. Just last Thursday, a 32-year-old Pensacola marketing executive died after complications from the flu. Now people are scared they will also get it.

Thrif-T drugs on Bayou Blvd. received their original supply of flu shots back in September. People have come in to get their annual shots, but now that people are hearing of others getting diagnosed with it, even more people are flooding in.

Monday morning, pharmacist Santino Colabianchi received several calls asking if they still had shots available. He says a lot of people are concerned about catching it, especially after hearing about a local 32 year old who died from complications from the flu.

Kendra Fendt was pregnant and got sick back in November. The baby was delivered early, and Fendt was life flighted to U.A.B hospital. She died Thursday. Around 10,000 people were keeping up with her on the Facebook page "Praying for Kendra Fendt".

Colabianchi said more people are now calling in to get shots, "Certainly it strikes fear. People watch the news and they react. It's certainly very concerning seeing someone so young pass." he said.

That's why Wade Mcelmore came in to get a shot. "The flu is going rampant.... that right there proves everybody needs a flu shot, doesn't matter how old they are." said Mcelmore

Ann Carethers got the shot a few weeks ago. She's happy she did after hearing about so many people across the nation having complications from the virus.
"I have a sister in Colorado. Her neighbor across the street passed away from it last week."

Now she is urging her loved ones to get the shot. She said, "It's scary. I have children and grandchildren, and it scares me it's hitting the younger people, not the babies or me, but the younger people."

This years shot, covers three strains, and one of those is the H1N1 strain.Flu fears spread since death of Pace woman

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Flu Signs and Symptoms

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:


Flu Symptoms (more intense than common cold):

  • Fever 
  • Body aches
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Dry cough are more common and intense
  • Chills
  • HeadachesCommon

Cold Symptoms:  
  • Stuffy/runny nose
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever is rare
  • Slight body aches
  • Mild fatigue

Source: Centers for Disease Control

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