So far this season, more than 40,000 cases of the flu have been reported. He started to feel bad enough that he needed to seek medical attention.
"I think he thought, 'I just got the flu; I'll be all right, '" Baughman explained.
Days later, Baughman's condition hadn't improved, and he was rushed to the emergency room and then airlifted to UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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"I just think he ignored it and thought, "oh, it will go away" like most people".
Baughman was known to family and friends as a health buff, riding motorbikes and lifting weights.
"It just doesn't seem real", his mother told WPXI. It is unknown if having the flu shot would have prevented Baughman from getting sick (sometimes the flu shot is for a different strain and doesn't protect against the sickness), but it's a possibility.
Baughman's parents are hoping that their son's story will inspire others to be aware of how risky the flu can be.
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 USA that were associated to influenza. Baughman's condition grew worse the next day and he began running a fever on and off. "Don't let things go", said Kyler's father, Todd Baughman.