It started as the sniffles. Mom thought it was a cold.
It was the flu. And it was fatal.
On Tuesday, Dylan Winnik, 12, died of the flu, his mother's partner, Mike Medwin, told WPTV in West Palm Beach
"Do not mess with the flu," Medwin told the station. "It's not going to someone else." It can happen in your neighborhood. Right at your house. It happened to us. Lightning struck "
For Dylan, a seventh grader at Okeeheelee Middle School in West Palm Beach, symptoms increased rapidly, according to the Palm Beach Post.
The newspaper reported that Dylan, who did not receive his vaccine This year, she had a cold for about two days before she died.
On Tuesday, rescuers rushed to the home of Dylan's father near Southern Boulevard and South Military Trail, and they were too late. 19659002] "Please implore other parents not to take the flu lightly," Medwin told WPTV.
Dylan's death occurs when the country faces a very active flu season that has already claimed the life of 30 children across the United States, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention In addition to Dylan, two other children have died in Florida so far this season, according to the Florida Department of Health.  Earlier this month, federal health authorities said that hospitalizations and doctor visits are increasing due to flu symptoms; the H3N2 subtype of the virus seems to be the most predominant strain.
In the last state Flu Review report that was analyzed on January 7 and 13, the data shows an increase in the number of cases throughout the state, but not in Miami-Dade, Broward or Palm county Beach.
page to raise money for Dylan's burial and memorial.
"He was and will always be loved by countless family and friends," Medwin wrote. "There is nothing that can explain the loss of a beautiful child at such a young age."
Wanda Winnik, who identified herself as the child's cousin on Facebook, published a moving tribute in Spanish that said in part: "Dear Dylan, I did not like it when you said you were great … I told you that even if you were 54 years old You would always be little with me. "
Authorities warn parents that they should vaccinate their children. It can help to reduce the severity of the disease. To find out where flu shots are administered in Florida, click here.