As you most likely know by now we are experiencing an extremely powerful flu outbreak here in the United States and this particular strain is deadly.
That being said, this is a tragic example of how deadly this years flu is.
A young boy in Florida died unexpectedly Tuesday from what is believed to be the flu, according to a family member who is now urging people to get their flu shots.
Deputies with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department arrived at the home of Dylan Winnik’s father on Tuesday to find that the 12-year-old had died, the Palm Beach Post reported.
Winnik, a seventh-grade student at Okeeheelee Middle School, had been sick for just a few days leading up to his death, but his family believed he had a cold, according to Mike Medwin, the boy’s mother’s partner.
Medwin, who said the boy did not receive a flu shot this season, urged families to see the gravity of the disease, the newspaper reported.
“Please implore other parents to not take the flu lightly whatsoever,” Medwin told the Post.
A GoFundMe page was set up in Winnik’s honor and to help the family pay for funeral and memorial costs. The boy was described as “highly intelligent, surprisingly funny, and always full of life.”
“Dylan Christopher Winnik unexpectedly passed away Tuesday, January 23rd 2018. He was and will always be greatly loved by countless family and friends. There is nothing that can ever explain the loss of a beautiful child at such an early age.
Dylan was highly intelligent, surprisingly funny, and always full of life busy with his two brothers. On behalf of the family, in the most devastating and humble of circumstances, we have setup this GoFundMe campaign to help ask for any donations whatsoever to help ensure they’re able to remember and celebrate Dylan’s life with a memorial and funeral.
We are also helping to collect donations through PayPal and Venmo too: ￼ For informational purposes: My name is Michael Medwin from Coral Springs,FL. I have been Dylan’s Step Dad for several years and we all live together in Coral Springs, FL. The funds from this campaign will all directly go towards memorial and funeral expenses, as well as support services for Dylan’s two brothers.
We have received many inquires regarding the privacy of the memorial. There are countless people that knew Dylan and are devastated by his passing, so the family invites everybody that would like to pay their last respects to Dylan and to spend time with the family to share their precious memories of our beloved Dylan.”
As of Thursday evening, the page had raised more than $17,000 of their $20,000 goal.
Authorities will conduct an autopsy on the boy’s body to confirm his cause of death, the sheriff’s department told the Post.
The flu has been rampant this season, affecting every state in the country except Hawaii. And so far, it has killed at least 30 children, according to the latest report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which adds that the outbreak “is likely to continue for several more weeks.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families that have lost loved ones due to this outbreak.
H/T FOX NEWS