Family Shocked After Mom Caught The Flu And Died Two Days Later

A mother of two in Oregon caught the flu and began feeling symptoms on Wednesday. Just two days later, she was dead.

According to the CDC, this year has seen the biggest flu epidemic since 2010, but they believe it's getting under control. The family of the deceased woman is heartbroken.

The flu is such a common illness that many people suffer from every year that we forget just how deadly it can be. One 36-year-old mom's life ended tragically just two days after contracting the flu.

Tandy Harmon started feeling ill on Wednesday, and her co-workers said that, other than a slight cough, she seemed in great spirits. Fox12 reports that they said 'nothing was slowing her down'.

Harmon's condition declined rapidly. She took a turn for the worse and went to the hospital.

Doctors found that she needed to rest and stay hydrated.

Two hours later, she seemed to get much worse. Her boyfriend, Steven Lundin, rushed her back to the emergency room, where she was immediately put on a ventilator.

According to doctors, Harmon had developed pneumonia and had contracted MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant staph infection.

The infection was in her bloodstream and is extremely difficult to treat. The flu can weaken people's immune system, leaving them more vulnerable to infections from MRSA.

Harmon's condition went downhill from there.

By Friday, her boyfriend, her 12-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter, were saying their final farewells to the mother. She passed away a short time later.

According to the CDC, there's a low risk of developing an MRSA infection after getting the flu. The agency is currently tracking the relationship between MRSA and the flu to learn more.

Only about three percent of adults are admitted to hospitals annually when they develop the flu, but in the past week the numbers have been rising, and the death toll had been increasing. Some 8 percent of deaths in the U.S. last week was reportedly due to the flu.

Doctors are urging that people don't take any chances. If they feel the flu coming on, they should get to a doctor.

Harmon's coworker agrees.

"Don't mess around with this flu. If you feel something wrong in your body, go to the doctor and insist that they see you," said Brad Fauts to Fox.

Doctors urge people, particularly those who are vulnerable like children and the elderly, to get flu shots.

The vaccination is the best protection one can get, reports the CDC. This year, the shot is estimated to be about 34 percent effective, but it's better than having no protection at all.

“What happened is, in the development of the vaccine, as we grow it in eggs, the virus itself mutated a bit, so that there was almost an accidental mismatch purely on the basis of the virus trying to adapt itself to growing in eggs,” Dr. Anthony Fauci told WTOP. “That’s what happened in Australia and it is likely that that’s what we’re going to see here.”

America is expecting a grim flu season this year, so the CDC is telling people not to take chances. “Vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated," said Fauci.

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