"He kinda just laid down and went about his day and that was the day he was coughing and said his chest hurt, he had a mild cough", his fiancée Olivia Marcanio told the news station. He was running a fever on and off.
So far this season, more than 40,000 cases of the flu have been reported.
As separately confirmed by both their family members in different media interviews, Baughman and Murrieta did not get flu shots. On December 27, he was rushed to a Westmoreland County emergency room; from there, he was airlifted to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he died hours later from complications from the flu. The flu-related death is getting outsize attention in part because of Baughman's chosen career-he was studying to be a personal trainer, is described by his mother as "into physical fitness", and frequently posted photos of himself lifting weights to Facebook, reports the Washington Post.
It occurs when the body reacts to an infection by attacking its own organs and tissues.
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SEPSIS is a serious condition that is triggered by the body's extreme response to an infection, as opposed to a severe infection itself.
While it is not required, the CDC does suggest that everyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu vaccine every year. Baughman told the outlet her son was sent home early due to his condition. Between 12,000 and 56,000 people died from complications from the flu.
Within two days, Baughman's health took a turn for the worse. According to family members, both of her children were sick in the week before and they may have infected their mother with the virus. "It doesn't seem real".
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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. "Don't let things go", his father, Todd Baughman told the television station. "I'll go rest a little bit, '" added Baughman's mom. You know whenever you have a fever, and you have it multiple days, just don't let it go.