Worst Flu Season in Recorded History?

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The influenza season is just beginning and the severity is already putting hospitals into shock. Not only are the hospitals filling rapidly, but pharmacies are reporting a shortage of medication.

The number of people hospitalized with the flu this month has nearly doubled. Out of every 100,000, about 13.7 would end up in the hospital, but now it has increased to 22.7. The Palomar Medical Center Escondido in Northern San Diego County was forced to pull out a flu tent as a result of overcrowding. It was still so busy there that some patients had to be treated in the hallways.

Since just the beginning of this year, an abounding number of people have lost their lives. For example, 21-year-old Kyler Baughman lost his life only a few days after being diagnosed with the flu. He was a very active bodybuilder with hopes of becoming a personal trainer. “It just doesn’t feel real,” says his mother, Beverly Baughman. Baughman’s close family now strongly advises taking precautions when dealing with this year’s flu.


Kyler Baughman at the gym

In 1918-19, the Spanish flu killed more than 50 million people. As one would think, our medical technology has improved greatly since then and the flu is no match for us, but that is not true. Our population has increased by 6 billion causing people to be closer together and allowing the epidemic to spread at a rapid rate. This is a serious dilemma since pharmacies only keep in stock for a few days worth of medication and our flu shots are based on information gathered in the 1940’s.

By taking action Summit County residents can prevent an overflow in hospitals and shortages in medication. Doctors say that if people get the flu they should just relax in attempt to get better rather than ignoring the symptoms. Getting a flu shot is also a great option for preventing the flu. Other precautions that can be taken are avoiding close contact with sick people, washing hands, eating right, and exercising.

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