Young bodybuilder dies days after contracting the flu

An influenza vaccine syringe at Syosset Hospital

Baughman's mother told the news site his organs eventually failed due to septic shock caused by the flu.

Baughman's fiancée, Olivia Marcanio, told WPXI, "He kinda just laid down and went about his day and that was the day he was coughing and said his chest hurt". He was running a fever on and off.

This is shaping up as the worst flu season in a good while, with California particularly affected, but other regions nationwide have registered severe flu cases as well.

But the cough and fever got worse, so Baughman checked into a Westmoreland County emergency room on December 27 and was subsequently flown to UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh.

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

"We saw him the 23rd for our family Christmas get-together and we noticed he wasn't feeling well", Beverly Baughman, Kyler's mother, told WPXI. When detected early, sepsis can sometimes be treated with the aggressive use of antibiotics and medicine to stabilize the body's functions.

When sepsis happens, this system goes into overdrive.The inflammation that is typically seen just around the minor cut, spread through the body, affecting healthy tissue and organs.

"I think he thought, 'I just got the flu, I'll be alright".

At that point, Baughman's health began to deteriorate rapidly.

In some cases, people are misunderstanding the common infection as flu, which is also becoming a reason for death.

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 just doesn't seem real", his mother told WPXI. Stay safer and guided about different aspects of flu.

Now, the Baughmans of Latrobe, Pa., are warning other parents and those with flu symptoms to take it seriously.

The Centers for Disease Control estimated that from 2010-2011 to 2013-2014, there were 12,000 to a high of 56,000 deaths in the US that were associated to influenza.

With tears in his eyes and voice cracking, Kyler's father Todd Baughman said he wants to prevent this from happening to anyone else. "At whatever point you have a fever and you have it various days, don't release it. Get it dealt with".

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