Austin Booth died in January 2011, at the height of influenza season in the US. Austin didn’t feel great, but well enough to play in a high school varsity basketball game and even made it to school the next day. When he started coughing up blood, his mother knew to take him to the emergency room. He had not been vaccinated against the flu. Six days later, Austin, who was perfectly healthy, died from the flu. His mother, Regina Booth, said “He went from being a healthy, vibrant 17-year-old boy to being gone in less than a week.” Because a Flu can be unpredictable & fast, it can kill, says CDC’s Dr. Karen Wong; vaccination is the best protection for kids and adults alike. Austin died on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011. He was an honor student who played Varsity football, Baseball & Basketball and was the oldest of five children.
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