Nashville pregnant woman dies from swine flu complications

9:25 AM, Feb 25, 2011   |    comments
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The family of a 25-year-old pregnant woman who died from complications of swine flu is urging people to get vaccinated -- especially pregnant women.

Mekisha Agee died Monday. The Tennessean reports that her baby is in critical but stable condition at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville.

Although state and federal officials urge everyone over the age of 6 months to get vaccinated, pregnant women are most at risk, The Tennessean reports.

Terry Martin, Agee's stepfather, said he believes Agee might have gotten vaccinated if she realized H1N1 was still a threat.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Tennessee has widespread flu activity. Three different viruses are in circulation this year, including the 2009 H1N1 strain.

The flu vaccine protects against all three strains.

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