Flu Deaths 2018: Photos & Tributes to Those Who Died

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Facebook/obituary Katie Oxley Thomas and Michael Messenger died of the flu in different states.

Flu deaths in 2018 are making headlines because they’ve struck down people you’d think wouldn’t be in peril from such a common virus. Those who’ve died include a California woman who ran marathons, a fitness buff in Pennsylvania, and children in multiple states.

How many people have died from the flu in 2018? The most recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of January 17, 2018, reported that the flu season is particularly severe but there were more hospitalizations during the same time frame in 2014-2015.

“All U.S. states but Hawaii are reporting widespread flu activity,” reported the CDC. “Indicators used to track influenza-like-activity (ILI) are similar to what was seen during the peak of the 2014-2015 season, a season of high severity. The overall hospitalization rate is high also, but still lower than the overall hospitalization rate reported during the same week of the 2014-2015 season.”

According to the CDC, there have been at least 20 deaths of children so far from the flu during the 2017-2018 flu season. Seven of those deaths were reported in the first week of January 2018. The summary was last updated on January 12, 2018 by the CDC. According to Fox News, “California is being hit particularly hard, with reports of at least 27 deaths of people under the age of 65 in the state since October.” The network added that the virus in question is called Influenza A (H3N2).

On January 17, KKTV reported that a Colorado child under age 18 months had died of the flu and had not been vaccinated. The Mercury News recounts the unusualness of this flu season, reporting, “In every pocket of the continental United States, people are experiencing flu symptoms right now, the first time that has happened in the 13 years of the CDC’s current tracking system. And the death toll continues to climb, with more and more stories like the one from Clay Township, Michigan, where a 12-year-old Michigan boy died just 48 hours after showing flu-like symptoms that started with him vomiting during dinner.”

The flu is the country’s eighth highest cause of death. Heart disease is tops. The 2018 flu season may be twice as bad as last year’s, according to Fortune.

Here is a round up of some of those who have died in 2018 and late 2017:

Katie Denise Oxley Thomas, 40, California

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Katie Oxley Thomas

Thomas was a mother of three who was so active she ran marathons. Her loved ones were left shocked that she would die of something like the flu. “A mother of three from California, who was an avid runner and enjoyed being active, died within days of showing symptoms of influenza,” reported People Magazine.

She came down with a fever and sore throat and then went into septic shock, according to People, which reported that doctors “scanned her lungs and discovered she had pneumonia and they quickly placed her on a ventilator. Early the next morning, she went into septic shock.”

Thomas’ obituary reads, “Katie Oxley Thomas lost her life suddenly to acute organ failure resulting from pneumonia and flu. Katie’s exuberant spirit, warm heart, sharp wit, and loving disposition placed her at the center of hundreds of adoring friends and loved ones. Her unparalleled zest for life coupled with her compassion for others will continue to inspire the many lives she has touched.”

Michael Messenger, 12, Michigan

Michel Messenger, a boy from Clay Township, Michigan, died January 11 after developing flu-like symptoms, according to The Times Herald. His heartbroken mother wrote a lengthy message on Facebook:

As most of you may have already heard, my family and I, have had probably the absolute worst thing in the world happened to us.

I say this with the heaviest of hearts, Thursday morning, my youngest son Michael, gained his angel wings and was called to heaven.

This is absolutely an unexpected tragedy, we are completely lost and broken. We have no answers at this time as to what happen, but he was sick and was just seen by a dr for flu like symptoms. But was sent home with anti-nausea medication, and less than 12 hours later he was taken from us.

Michael was a very special little boy who, I think, his life’s mission was to make everyone laugh, and I can say, he did an amazing job at fulfilling that.

He was such a smart and talented little guy, who LOVED science and building things, especially with Legos! He had such a creative mind and could dream up some pretty awesome things.

He was such a snuggle bug who was pure and genuine and had a heart of gold.

No one or nothing can ever prepare a parent for something like this. I’m living the worst possible nightmare and can’t even see the light on the other side.

We are managing, but just barely. I have such an amazing family who haven’t left our sides. I truly don’t know where I’d be without them during this time.

His mother is now trying to raise alarm about the seriousness of this year’s virus. “Don’t wait, it’s all I can say. This flu or whatever is going around this year is unbelievably dangerous,” she said to the newspaper, which added that the boy who loved science and wanted to become an engineer had received a flu vaccine.

Nico Mallozzi, 10, Connecticut

Nico Mallozzi’s sudden death from flu has also sparked his mother to issue a warning to the community about the dangerous nature of this year’s season. “Nico Mallozi had never had a serious medical issue in his life. On Sunday, the vibrant, popular fourth-grader died of what at first seemed like a routine case of the virus — leaving his Connecticut community reeling,” reports Time Magazine.

A GoFundMe site has been organized to help Nico’s family. The message on it reads:

The Mallozzi family has just encountered a loss that no family should ever have to endure. Please join us in helping support the family as they cope with their unimaginable grief.

One of Nico’s coaches described him best: Nico’s sly little smile and charm have captivated, entertained and kept us on our toes. Our rink won’t be the same with out him. Nico was an amazing player, teammate and friend…. not to mention, a bit of jokester with a trademark smile.

Our hockey family is ready to rally around the Mallozzi family….as the rest of the 2007 Roughriders have been saying #NicoStrong. Each and every teammate will miss you dearly! Not to mention the parents that were often drafted to help lace up your skates over the years….we all wish we could help him lace them up one more time!

“Ten years of health,” Nico’s mother, Mimma Mallozzi, told Time Magazine. “The kid never had a problem. He was like an ox.”

Alani Murrieta, 20, Arizona

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Alani Murrieta

The 20-year-old mother of two died of the flu in November 2017. “Alani (Joie) passed away suddenly yesterday afternoon from the flu that turned into pneumonia. Our family is devastated that she is gone,” reads a GoFundMe site set up to help her family. She lived in Phoenix, Arizona.

“Alani was a beautiful loving mother just 20 years old with two young boys AJ 2 years old and JR 6 months old. We are trying to keep strong and make the necessary arrangements but need help with funds as her passing was completely unexpected. Any donated amount will be appreciated. Thank you RIP JOIE 5/14/97-11/28/17 Alani left behind so many people that loved her! Her Mother Christina Gonzales sisters Sandra Amador, Briana Gonzales and brother Andrew Murrieta. Her cousins Alissa Gonzales, Alexandria Gonzales , Christopher, Carlos and Adrianna and many more. We will all stay strong for her boys and always keep her memory alive .”

Kyler Baughman, 21, Pennsylvania

No one expected Kyler Baughman to die from the flu. He was in great shape and was young. Baughman was “a bodybuilder studying to become a personal trainer” who “soon developed a fever and felt other symptoms worsening. A trip to the emergency room days later led to Kyler being taken by helicopter to a larger hospital, where he died within 24 hours,” reports KVOA-TV.

He died of organ failure on December 28, 2017.

Katharine Gallagher, 27, California

Katharine Gallager was another young adult struck down by the flu. The Tustin, California woman “left work early on Friday, December 1, when she developed a fever, diarrhea, cold sweats, body aches and nausea. Five days later, she was dead,” according to People Magazine.

She was a college graduate who worked at a brewery, People reported.



God preserve all Americans from diseases,,,,,

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law

CHRIST HAS REDEEMED us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us.
What was that curse?
It is recorded in Deuteronomy, chapter 28, where we are told that the following
diseases came upon the people because of disobedience to God’s law: pestilence,
consumption (or tuberculosis), fever, inflammation, extreme burning, botch, emerods, scab, itch, blindness, smiting in the knee and in the leg, and failing of the eyes.
If your case has not been definitely stated in this list, then listen to verses 60-61 of
this chapter: all the diseases of Egypt, and also every sickness and every disease which is not written in the book of this law.
These words include you and your case, Redeemed from Curses.
Paul says that Christ redeemed us from this curse of the law, because he was made a curse for us. The curse of the law includes all diseases, every sickness, and every plague known throughout the history of the world.

In order for Christ to redeem us from this terrible curse of the law, He was made a
curse for us; that is, He bore for us the punishment prescribed by the law. That is why He had to take our infirmities, and bear our sicknesses.
Adam and Eve sold us into slavery to the devil and put us in bondage to his power,
under his jurisdiction. But Christ has redeemed us. He has bought us back.
He has purchased us with the price of His own body and blood, and freed us. You are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Abundant Life
What a thrill to know that God so loved us that He paid a great price for our
redemption. He gave His Son as our substitute, who assumed our guilt, bore our
judgment and endured our condemnation, in order to absolve us of all debt and obligation to Satan’s regime, so that we could be restored to God as though no sin had ever been committed. He legally redeemed us. He proved how much He values us and wants to be able to share His best with us – His abundant life.
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son.
That was the kind of love we cannot understand God’s love.
Salvation is your emancipation from everything outside God’s will for humankind.
Now you can act accordingly. You may speak the language of a winner.
Confess your freedom, instead of your bondage. Confess: With his stripes, I am healed, instead of your sickness. Confess your redemption from all disease. Confess that your redemption is complete – from sin and sickness.
Confess that Satan’s dominion over you ended at Calvary, because it was there that
God freed you. God’s word states all of this, so confess it.
Slaves Set Free
When the slaves in the United States were emancipated, they were still living in slaves’ quarters. They still looked like slaves. They still felt like slaves. But when they heard the Emancipation Proclamation read, they had a legal right to say, “I am free,” and to act on that liberty.
Believe in your proclamation of freedom: Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which
Christ has made us free

You are free. Confess that. Tell the devil that you have found the truth. He has
known it all the time, but has lied to you and blinded your eyes to it. He has kept you
from knowing your legal rights in Christ, your redeemer. The god of this world (Satan)
has blinded the minds of them which believe not.
Tell Satan you have found the truth – the truth that sets you free from him. Let him
know, by your confession of God’s word, that you are free from his dominion and that you know it.
The statement, He (Jesus) has borne our griefs (sicknesses), and carried our sorrows (diseases), is God’s check for your perfect healing. Endorse that check with your confession, and perfect health will be manifested in your body.
An End to Chronic Ailments
The diseases of your body were laid on Jesus. You need never bear them, because He has borne them for you. All you need to do is believe this and begin to confess it.
Refuse to allow sickness to stay in your body, because you were healed with His (Jesus’) stripes.
If Christians would believe this, it would be the end of so-called chronic ailments in
their bodies. Always remember: Satan is a deceiver, a liar.
Sickness, disease, sin, and infirmities, all were laid on Christ. He bore them. He
carried them away, leaving us free and well. We should rejoice in this liberty of ours.
Redemption has not become a reality to many. It has been only a theory, a doctrine,
or a creed. Satan has taken advantage of this lack of understanding.
We are redeemed from all the power of Satan. That means we are bought back from
the hand of the enemy. We are born again. We are the new creation. We are freed
from the kingdom of darkness. We are no longer slaves of Satan. Sin and sickness no longer rule over us.
You are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit,
which are God’s.
No Trespassing
How can you glorify God in your body when it is weakened by disease? It is just as
impossible to glorify God properly in your body when it is full of sickness as it is to glorify God in your spirit when it is full of sin.

Tell the devil, “Satan, you are a liar. You know I am redeemed, because I have
accepted Jesus as my redeemer. I am no longer dwelling on your territory, and you have no legal right to trespass on my property. It is no longer yours, neither is it under your jurisdiction. I have been redeemed from your authority by Jesus Christ.”
Say to your enemy, “This sickness you have put on me was cursed on the cross of
Calvary for me, and you know that I do not have to bear it. I command you, in Jesus
Christ’s name, to leave my body. I am free from your curse, for it is written: With his
stripes, I am healed, so I am healed. God said so. Satan, you are a liar; your pains are lies, your symptoms are lies, and your words are lies. You are the father of lies, Jesus said you are.” Then, thank the Lord for your deliverance.
Satan knows all of that. It is only when he knows that you have discovered it that he
must respect your words. So few realize that they are free from the dominion of Satan. He knows it, but until you discover it, he will continue his assault on your life. Many have died prematurely because they have not known their rights in Christ.
Crucified, Buried, and Raised With Christ
When Jesus was crucified, we were crucified with Him. I am crucified with Christ.
When Jesus was buried, we were buried with him.
When Jesus arose from the grave as conqueror, we arose with Him. He has quickened us together with Christ; and has raised us up together in Christ.
When Jesus went back to the throne and sat on the right hand of God, (He) made us
sit together (with Him) in heavenly places.
We are his (God’s) workmanship, created in Christ Jesus. Through Jesus Christ, God
made us what we are – a new creation.
If any one be in Christ, that person is a new creature; old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new.
We are now a new creature, made in the likeness of God, through the power of Jesus
Christ. God gives us His nature, His love, His faith, His life, His Spirit, His power. We
are re-created.
All that Jesus did was for us. Everything He conquered was for us. He had no need
to conquer Satan for Himself.
He had no sins of His own to carry away, because He had no sin until He took our sins
He did this for us.
He had no need to put away sickness for Himself, because He had no sickness until He
was made sick for us. He did this for us. He conquered for us; and now that we are
recreated in Christ Jesus and are made partakers with Him, we become conquerors
through Him.
In all these things, Paul says, we are more than conquerors, through him that loved us.
All Was for Us
All that Jesus did was for us, and we are now partakers of His victory.
We were captives, but Christ has freed us from captivity.
We were cursed by sin and sickness; but Christ, our redeemer, has freed us from that
curse and loosed us from its dominion.
We were weak, but the Lord has become our strength, so now we are strong.
We were bound and imprisoned, but Christ has freed us from slavery.
We were sick, but Christ has home our sicknesses and carried them away, so now, with his stripes we are healed.
Remember, you were slaves of Satan. You were bound by sin and sin’s penalty,
sickness. You were subject to Satan’s authority. But now you are free. You now have
Christ’s emancipation proclamation – the Bible – and it is YOURS.
Do not be a slave any longer. Do like the slaves in the United Sates did when they
heard their Emancipation Proclamation read: Claim your liberty; act on your deliverance.
You are free. Shout your freedom. Confess your freedom. Believe in your freedom.
Redemption is a fact. Act on your liberty. Your bondage is past. Your prison is open.
Your freedom is granted.
The Spirit of the Lord God is on me; because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captive, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.20 Moffatt’s Translation reads: to tell prisoners they are free, to tell captives they are released.
My brother’s son’s hand was handicapped by doctors while taking him out of his mother’s WOMB,,,,
Many of our family members are mentally sick ,,
This my mother was telling a CURSE ,,,,
But no says ,,
The above article ,,
I comfort myself during the times of diseases , pain agony,,it is God’s righteousness on my body ,,
But above article by a our brother is soothing,,
God bless him .
God save all Americans from diseases.
Young Christian’s mother

K.manikandan Moses and Mrs. children suffer from acute malnutritionMani moses, a widow of an evangelist Joshua house family,Erode ,Tamil Nadu, India

We request USA to help Yamen,,
8.3 millions of people entirely depend on outside food,,
4 lakhs children suffer from acute malnutrition,,,,
Children need milk ,,
Adults need food ,,
USA school children must collect some money and send it through Rotary,,
USA military must help ,,
Catholic nuns must help them,,
Church from USA must help Yamen food crisis,,
USA must help Yamen,,

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