A 21-year-old bodybuilder has died from the flu. He is one of over 100 people that the flu has killed this season — including 13 children. This season’s flu is now widespread in 46 states. In California, 27 people under the age of 65 have died from it — in Santa Barbara alone, six people have died in two weeks. This is more deaths than the country saw all of last flu season.
In Kyler Baughman’s case, it only took five days between when he said he wasn’t feeling well and when he passed away in the hospital. One reason this year’s flu season is so deadly is because the type going around — many patients have tested positive for H3N2, which is a particularly harsh version of Influenza that is tied to the increase in deaths and hospitalizations. The CDC says that flu shots are less effective against this type of virus, though doctors still recommend getting the vaccination. They also recommend taking the proper precautions to stop the spread of germs, like washing your hands thoroughly throughout the day and making sure you cover your mouth when you cough. Taking these precautions should help you stay protected, so make sure to encourage others to take them.