An increase in influenza A in the last part of a season – a flu strain that generates nearly 99 percent of all flu cases this year – is harmful to thousands of people nationwide.
In Portland, these two girls had no mother when they killed a 37-year-old girl and her unborn child.
Stephanie Shradar earned flu in October, as she often did at the beginning of every flu season, her husband, Lee Shradar, said. She and their daughters will follow soon.
As Stephanie was older for a pregnant woman, she had two uncomplicated pregnancies with her daughters and cared for herself. His third daughter, a woman, was due in the fall.
So Lee did not like this when Stephanie began sad on Monday. Their older daughter, Vera, 7, is also sad.
Stephanie went to her architectural firm on Monday. The next day, she stayed home because she felt better. Lee came home for lunch to check him out and finished running on Rite Aid to get a new thermometer to make sure they accurately measure the fever that Stephanie began to run.
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Stephanie also called the women's clinic in Providence where she was regularly treated. The providers there have been prescribed a flu medication he took on Wednesday afternoon.
It made him a little nauseous, but Lee said that Stephanie was a great rule-follower in these kinds of things, so the drug label followed.
By lunch on Thursday, Lee was positive that Stephanie had improved. He made it down the couch to watch the old episodes of "The Office" on Netflix. She gave her soup and returned to work and took the girls at an afterschool event, just to return home at 8 p.m. to find his energy level dropped and his face and eyes began to grow.
They consulted the women's clinic and the mother of Lee, a former emergency nurse room, and decided to go to the emergency room.
Stephanie never came home.
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Stephanie saw the emergency room within an hour. An X-ray showed that her chest was fixed. He is connected with IVs to get fluids and medicines.
Lee went home for sleep at 2 am and was not too surprised to see the next morning that Adhan was admitted to the hospital one evening.
"She's sick and she's pregnant takes some time to bounce back," Lee said he thought on time.
Pregnancy weakens the immune system so that the mother's body does not fight the baby growing inside of her. So even if she is vaccinated for this year's flu, she is faced with an increase in danger.
This year's flu shot has little protection against strain influenza A, which has contributed to spreading and severity since mid-February.  Over the past few weeks, almost every US state and territory reported a widespread flu. Today, Oregon has reached the summer levels of 2016-17 and may exceed it to be closer to an extraordinary bad year last year.
Nearly 99 percent of all people in Oregon who get this year's flu have influenza A. The Friday report from the Oregon Health Authority says that a child has died from the flu in the first week of March. The report for Stephanie's week and her baby's death has yet to come out. Oregon Health Authority officials deny to say how many children died this week. The state does not track adult flu deaths.
Nearly 140 people were hospitalized that week and 150 were hospitalized a week earlier.
While most people who are hospitalized for flu are 65 years of age or older, healthy people like Stephanie to look for early care if they are weak in the immune system.
Pregnant women should seek medical care as early as possible if they have any of the flu symptoms, because a small fever can lead to birth defects in a baby , according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Lee called the work the next day and spent most of the day with Stephanie, at school and take them. He is depressed on Friday and Lee wants to place wet towels on his head, legs and chest, feed his ice chips and fix the bed.
She needs to take a lunch of soft food, and she wants to do it for dinner.
But as soon as he was arranged for child care, bought groceries and returned to the hospital, his condition worsened significantly.
He was inflamed and needed help to get to the bathroom
That night, he was admitted to the intensive care unit, where the nurses came from to get blood pressure readings because his heart was weak.
"It was when the bottom began to fall," Lee said.
At that time, his parents fled from their vacation in Arizona to Portland.
Stephanie stepped up shortly, but at around ten o'clock, the doctors went out to her room to tell Lee and her parents that they had lost the baby's heartbeat.
Lee and Stephanie waited until the last couple of weeks to tell their daughters, Vera and Eisley, that they would have a new brother coming to earth soon. They are careful because they know the complications that may arise.
They are not sure about the new baby. Stephanie loves a third bad boy, but Lee is worried about time and sleep loss and being a baby's parents for the first time in five years.
But they are very happy, if something does not break from what it means.
Lee was killed by the first death. But he knew that even losing allowed everyone to focus on Stephanie's laser and what he needed.
"We really hope," said Lee.
But it does not last. Doctors walked to the hall to get water and juice for Lee and Stephanie's parents when an alarm code was announced for room 36 – Room Stephanie.
They watched the staff rush in and could hear the beeping machines.
They are sitting in shock watching the doors of the ICU open and close, open and close.
Then a doctor removed Stephanie's bedroom to tell Lee that her husband's heartbeat was lost within two minutes. They performed CPR and got it back.
"We're in for the flu, think," Lee said. "He's strong, he's healthy, he's doing everything he needs to do, and we've just come for the flu."
Stephanie's pneum torn into the last four hours. The next day or two, she was intubated, placed in dialysis and given dozens of medicines to try to keep her blood pressure and reduce her pain.
Lee's mother and brother were in town on Saturday morning. all started Stephanie's hand and whispered how much they loved her.
"We are a team and will always be a team," Lee said to him. "I needed him to fight, and he did, he fought."
On Sunday, his body naturally gave the baby a good sign, doctors said. Lee chose the name Alice May because Stephanie advised Alice and they both liked it. May was chosen by their daughters. [March1018thattheftsheetspetsaniLeeatniStephaniebilang19thatUniversityofKansas
But Stephanie can not pass in the placenta, which means that a plan is in place to carry out the first morning operation with it.
Lee spent most of a sleepless night in a Stephanie's upper room. She was not worried and worried, she wore down the stairs to hang out with her and night nurse while others were asleep.
Her mother came to get her in the morning, and as they left the room to meet Stephanie's parents downstairs, a nurse rushed to say that another alarm had been lost to Stephanie's room.
Doctors tried many times to keep his heart stiff, and finally the family agreed to a lasting digestive surgery.
At 8:25 pm Monday, a doctor told them that Stephanie had died.
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Later in the week, Lee found out that this precious woman who spent the entire life of her adult was lost due to the flu.
Stephanie was young, healthy and positive, Lee said. He focuses on a successful architectural career and feels he is growing in his current workplace. After the desire of a dog for years, they were adopted by a puppy last year.
Lee knows what he wants to lose a parent. His father died when he was eight, almost the same age as Vera. And now Lee had to give her and her brother the same terrible news.
He said he was surrounded by friends and family, support and love. A family friend started a GoFundMe to raise money for Vera and Eisley's future study. Lee said he did not want them to drop out of college or even lose their mother.
"I want to give my parents my daughters," Lee said. he expected that even Stephanie's death could help raise awareness.
"I think he wants to be an advocate for people getting help when they need it and not waiting too long."