7-year-old with flu and strep throat died


GHT THE MEDICAL EXAMINER IS INVESTIGATING WHAT COULD BE THE FIRST CHILD IN VIRGINIA TO DIE FROM THE FLU THIS SEASON. A 7-YEAR-OLD BOY IN SOUTHSIDE DIED OVER THE WEEKEND AFTER HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH THE VIRUS. 10 NEWS REPORTER COLTER ANSTAETT JOINS US LIVE IN DANVILLE … COLTER, THE BOY DID NOT GET A FLU SHOT, BUT DOCTORS SAY THAT MAY NOT MATTER? THAT’S RIGHT. THE DOCTOR I SPOKE WITH SAYS THIS YEAR’S FLU VACCINE HAS ONLY PROVEN TO BE ABOUT 10 PERCENT EFFECTIVE SO FAR. IN FACT, HE SAYS THE VACCINE HAS PROVEN TO BE SO INEFFECTIVE THAT GETTING IT MAY NOT BE WORTH IT. BUT, THE FATHER OF THE BOY WHO DIED SAYS IN LIGHT OF HIS SON’S DEATH HIS OTHER CHILDREN WILL NOW DEFINITELY BE GETTING THE VACCINE. 7 YEAR OLD KEVIN BAYNES JUNIOR WAS JUST LIKE MOST LITTLE BOYS…HE LOVED EATING PIZZA, PLAYING WITH FRIENDS AND FISHING WITH HIS FATHER, KEVIN BAYNES, SENIOR. KEVIN BAYNES, SR./PHONER: “HE WAS FULL OF LIFE AND HAPPY.” OVER THE WEEKEND, KEVIN JUNIOR DIED AFTER BEING DIAGNOSED WITH THE FLU AND STREP THROAT. HIS FATHER SAYS HIS SON HAD NOT HAD A FLU SHOT. KEVIN BAYNES, SR./PHONER: “HE HARDLY EVER GOT SICK AND THIS ONE TIME HE GETS SICK AND THAT’S IT. HE’S GONE NOW. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY.” KEVIN WAS SENT HOME SICK FROM SCHOOL FRIDAY. BY SATURDAY, HE COULDN’T WALK. HE WAS TAKEN TO THE E-R, BUT SENT HOME WITH MEDICINE. HIS SISTER FOUND HIM UNRESPONSIVE IN HIS BED ON SUNDAY. DOCTOR NILAY PATEL WORKS AT SOVAH HEALTH’S MT. HERMON FAMILY PRACTICE HAS NOT SEEN A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF FLU CASES SO FAR THIS SEASON COMPARED TO LAST SEASON. PATIENTS’ SYMPTOMS ARE MORE SEVERE THOUGH. DR. NILAY PATEL/MT. HERMON FAMILY PRACTICE: “IT’S DEFINITELY CONCERNING. COULD IT BE SOMETHING LIKE GLOBAL WARMING? MAYBE. IS IT TRUE OR NOT TRUE? I DON’T KNOW. THERE’S DEFINITELY SOMETHING GOING ON, I THINK, GLOBALLY AND IT DOES SEEM TO BE GETTING WORSE.” THIS YEAR’S FLU VACCINE MAY NOT BE DOING MUCH TO CHANGE THAT. PATEL: “MY OPINION IS, IT’S NOT REALLY THAT GOOD. SO, IF YOU ARE AGAINST IT, IF YOU’VE HAD SIDE AFFECTS IN THE PAST, I WOULD SAY NO. DON’T BOTHER WITH IT. IF YOU’VE HAD NO SIDE AFFECTS IN THE PAST AND IT’S NOT AN ISSUE FOR YOU, THEN TAKE IT.” KEVIN JUNIOR’S FATHER SAYS DOCTORS TOLD HIM ADMITTING HIM TO THE HOSPITAL MAY NOT HAVE SAVED HIS LIFE, NOR WOULD GETTING A FLU SHOT PRIOR TO GETTING SICK. BUT NOW, KEVIN SENIOR SAYS HE’S NOT GOING TO TAKE ANY CHANCES WITH THE REST OF HIS CHILDREN. BAYNES, SR.: “OH YEAH, THEY’RE GOING TO GET FLU SHOTS.” A GOFUNDME ACCOUNT HAS BEEN SET UP TO HELP KEVIN’S FAMILY WITH FUNERAL EXPENSES YOU CAN FIND A LINK TO THAT GOFUNDME ACCOUNT WHEN YOU READ THIS STORY AT WSLS DOT COM. LIVE IN DANVILLE, COLTER ANSTAETT, 10 NEWS WORKING FOR YOU.

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