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Deadly Flu Virus

Kayla Blanche-Relerford

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The United States is in the middle of a deadly flu season. The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention report that 37 children have died so far from the flu season, which began in October. The flu is currently widespread in 49 states, and doctors across the country continue to see more cases, more hospitalizations, and more deaths from influenza infections.

Over the past several weeks, deaths of Americans of all ages from the flu have made headlines. The family of 12-year-old Dylan Winnick, who died from the flu in Florida last week, said they were stunned by how quickly the virus took his life.

Two young mothers – Tandy Harmon of Gersham, Oregon, and Karlie Illg Slaven of Hendricks County, Indiana- also died of the flu last week. Their families said they were healthy until the sudden illness struck.

Children under the age of 5, and especially those younger than 2, as well as people who are 65 and older are more likely to develop complications from the flu. Also in the higher-risk group are pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions such as lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, and neurologic conditions. The most common complication from the flu that can lead to death is a bacterial infection of the lungs, or bacterial pneumonia.

 

 

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