"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. However, Kyler was coughing worse and running a high fever after Christmas.
Flu shots are made from whatever strain of the virus scientists think is most likely to be common in the coming year.
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".
It would be recalled that in the same month, Alani Murrieta, a 20-year-old mother of two, had also died after being diagnosed with flu. People who suspect they have the flu should seek medical assistance within 48 hours of when they started feeling ill as the treatment is most effective within this timeframe.
He continued running a fever, and went to a Westmoreland County emergency room on December 27, before being flown to UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh where he died the next day. Less than 24 hours later, he was dead from complications caused by the flu.
It can lead to pneumonia - but could also trigger sepsis - when an infection such as blood poisoning sparks a violent immune response in which the body attacks its own organs.
The flu kills about 36,000 people a year, on average, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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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.
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At that point, Baughman's health began to deteriorate rapidly.
After Baughman's death, Marcanio changed her Facebook profile photo to one of her and Baughman and captioned the pic, "In the auto, I just cant wait, to pick you up on our very first date".
Baughman's parents are hoping that their son's story will inspire others to be aware of how risky the flu can be. You know whenever you have a fever, and you have it multiple days, just don't let it go.
"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", Beverly added. "Don't let things go", Kyler's father, Todd Baughman, told the news station.