A mother-of-two has died just three days after being diagnosed with influenza.
Karlie Slaven, 37, a university manager from Indiana, spent last week caring for her son and daughter as they battled the virus.
But as they got better she started feeling sick and on Friday she took herself to the doctor before being sent home to rest.
By Sunday, her flu had progressed to pneumonia, and she passed away at 6.30am on Monday.
Her husband Mike, who was away on temporary deployment with the armed forces at the time, was summoned back to her bedside along with father Karl to say a final goodbye.
Her death comes amid one of the most active flu years on record, with an unprecedented rate of people with influenza this week.
Karlie Slaven, 37, died on Monday just three days after being diagnosed with the flu after spending last week caring for her two children who also had the virus
Karlie went to the doctor Friday when she was diagnosed and sent home, and returned Saturday but her X-rays were clear. By Sunday the condition had developed into pneumonia
On Saturday she returned to the doctor as her condition worsened, but chest X-rays were clear so she was again sent home, WCPO reports.
By Sunday she was forced to call her father to take care of the children, saying she needed to go to hospital immediately.
It was there that doctors diagnosed her with pneumonia, and rushed her into the intensive care unit.
The doctors told the family there was nothing else they could do, and she passed away on Monday at 6.30am.
Karl is now urging everyone to get their flu shots, as Fox59 reports.
A GoFundMe page has also been set up to help raise money for Karlie’s funeral.
‘This is a painful time for Karlie’s family and those that knew her,’ the post reads.
‘Please help us honor Karlie’s memory by helping to support the future needs and goals of her two children.’
Husband Mike, who was away on temporary deployment with the armed forces, was recalled to be at her bedside, but doctors said there was nothing they could do
Karlie passed away on Monday around 6.30am surrounded by her family
This year’s flu is is getting worse, not better, despite hopes we had passed the peak of this year’s deadly outbreak, new CDC figures revealed on Friday.
Seven more child flu deaths were recorded last week, bringing the total to 37 this season – but officials believe that number is a wild underestimate.
To brace the spread, schools in at least 11 states are closing to disinfect buildings and quarantine children at home.
Under-18s aren’t the only ones suffering: the rate of people with influenza-like illness (ILI) has rocketed past the rate of every other year except the unusual November pandemic of 2009 – even eclipsing the deadly 2014/15 season.
The number of people with influenza-like illness this year (in red) has climbed past every other year, as demonstrated in this new graph from the CDC showing the red line spiking up
The flu is spreading even further in all states except Hawaii, and is set to get worse this week
Hospitalizations are also far higher this year than 2014/15 for every age group except over-65s, who are always the hardest-hit.
Sharing the data on Friday, Dr Jernigan said he is now certain the outbreak is set to get worse this week, rather than dipping down like previous years, as every state bar Hawaii battles the aggressive strain.
He insisted it is not too late to get the flu shot, and urges everyone to do so – but dismissed concerns that pharmacies across the US have run dry of vaccines and medications, insisting providers need to work harder to find the materials.