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Rochester High Grad Among Recent Victims of H1N1 Flu Virus

Ashley McCormick, 23, died Dec. 27 after coming down with flu-like symptoms one week earlier.

Photo Credit: Patch File Photo.
Photo Credit: Patch File Photo.
A deadly strain of the flu virus that is being blamed in the deaths of 10 people in Michigan hit close to home in recent weeks.

Ashley McCormick, 23, a Rochester High School graduate, died Dec. 27 after coming down with flu-like symptoms on Dec. 21, myfoxdetroit.com is reporting.

"We were like, 'This is the flu. How can this happen? It's just the flu.' I mean, everybody gets the flu and this doesn't happen," Ashley's mother, Patricia McCormick, told the station.

According to the report, McCormick had planned to be a teacher for special-needs children and had no prior medical conditions and did not receive a flu shot this season.

In total, at least 10 people have died from the H1N1 influenza virus, according to recent media reports. The Royal Oak Daily Tribune said three residents have died in Oakland County, where Kathy Forzley, manager and health officer for the Oakland County Health Division, said she believes numbers are “understated.”
softheart525 January 19, 2014 at 02:12 PM
flu shots are expensive and I feel it should be a free benefit for PEOPLE that don't have insurance to cover it...Richest country with a 37 rate in the world as far as health care..
Sue January 20, 2014 at 12:34 PM
How many of the sick has a flu shot? It is not always reported.
Lisa Jean January 20, 2014 at 01:52 PM
please get vaccinated!
Erin January 21, 2014 at 04:40 PM
softheart - looks like the Oakland County clinic flu shots are $20 http://www.oakgov.com/health/Pages/initiatives/flu_main.aspx Try your regular doctor - even with bare bones medical coverage - flu vaccine is $0 co-pay now that Obamacare in effect.

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