21-Year-Old Thought Rest Would Take Care of Flu, Died

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A 21-year-old Pennsylvania bodybuilder tragically died due to complications from the flu, RadarOnline.com reported. After celebrating Christmas with his family, Baughman returned to work the next day, but came home early because he wasn't feeling well.

"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", she explained.

He died less than 24-hours later. She says he thought rest would be a cure-all, but by the following day he was in the ER, and on the 28th he was dead in a Pittsburgh hospital.

"I just think he ignored it and thought it'd go away like most people, and I think people need to pay more attention to their bodies", said Beverly Baughman.

Flu-related deaths seem to be piling up, and news of a 21-year-old bodybuilder who died of flu complications just days after he started feeling ill seem unreal. The cause was organ failure due to septic shock caused by influenza.

While the flu season is in full swing, it's not too late to get a flu shot.

The strain of the flu in the United States this year is very similar to the so-called "Aussie flu" and to the variation that killed 20,000 people in the U.S. during the 2014-2015 flu season. "Don't let things go", Baughman's father, Todd Baughman, said.

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Baughman's mother confirmed that her son did not get a flu shot this season.

They guessed the strain correctly, but when the vaccine is developed in chicken eggs it can mutate, becoming an imperfect match for the virus it is meant to prevent.

When they saw Kyler on Christmas he had a runny nose.

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.

Asthma, diabetes and heart disease patients also face an increased risk of death from the usually harmless virus.

His mother said Kyler was to a great degree dynamic, regularly going by the exercise center, before he turned out to be sick. His body went into septic shock, which can occur when the body is working to fight off an infection such as pneumonia or influenza.