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Flu Deaths Continue

Both the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press are reporting the death of 44-year-old firefighter Barry DeLude after he came down with the flu. He died at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina Tuesday morning.

Another victim of the flu, 8-year-old Chace VanGuilder of Esko, MN, died Monday at St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth. Chance is the fourth child to die from the flu this year, according to officials.

The Star Tribunes article goes on to describe the strain of flu this year as nothing special, and that the vaccine prepared matched the virus well. Chance had been vaccinated, while DeLude had not.

The Star Tribune goes on to get some quotes describing Chance as a medically fragile person anyways, and that the effects of the flu were worse because of this. Still the article reminds us of how serious a virus the flu can be.

The Pioneer Press article details the life of DeLude more, focusing on his career as a firefighter.