21-Year-Old Dies A Few Days After Catching The Flu

Kenny Tucker
January 11, 2018

"He was into physical fitness", said his mother, Beverly Baughman.

Flu shots are made from whatever strain of the virus scientists think is most likely to be common in the coming year.

"He kinda only laid down and went about this afternoon, and which has been the day he was coughing and said that his chest hurt", said his fiancée, " Olivia Marcanio.

So far this season, 18 flu deaths have been reported in Pennsylvania.

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From there his condition deteriorated rapidly and the following day he was taken to the emergency room before being airlifted to hospital.

Within 24 hours of arriving in Pittsburgh, Baughman died.

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It can lead to pneumonia - but could also trigger sepsis - when an infection such as blood poisoning sparks a violent immune response in which the body attacks its own organs. One person under the age of 18 also died from the flu.

According to the CDC, tens of thousands of people in the United States die from the flu each year (the number fluctuates based on the severity of the strain). It is unknown if having the flu shot would have prevented Baughman from getting sick (sometimes the flu shot is for a different strain and doesn't protect against the sickness), but it's a possibility.

Through Jan. 6, the number of flu cases in Allegheny County totaled 1,842 with 658 cases in Westmoreland County, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

His case: Dying from the flu is far from unheard of: CDC figures show 6.7% of all deaths in the U.S. during the week ending December 16 were related to pneumonia or the flu. Her relationship status on the social networking site is listed as "engaged".

Following the unexpected death of their son, the Baughmans are urging everybody to take flu symptoms more seriously and get treatment as soon as possible. While death from influenza is rare, it can happen.

"I just think he ignored it and thought, "oh, it will go away" like most people. I'll go rest a little bit, '" Beverly Baughman said of her son. Baughman's condition grew worse the next day and he began running a fever on and off.

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