A deadly flu is sweeping across the United States right now, killing two people this week from Spokane County and another in Bonner County.
The Spokane Regional Health District says flu complications have killed 11 people in Washington this flu season while 135 people have been hospitalized in Spokane County, 104 more people than were hospitalized with the flu at this time last year. Adults between the ages of 18 and 64 account for 61 percent of the hospitalizations.
The intensity of the flu fluctuates from year to year depending on the strain. This year we are seeing the return of the H1N1 virus and that is sending a lot more people to the hospital.
Just before Christmas the Boyer family welcomed little Jackson into the world. The celebration, however, cut short when mom Amanda got sick.
"Really short of breath, coughing a lot then the next day, on Christmas my ears swelled up," Amanda Boyer said.
Sacred Heart admitted her with the flu, something that caught Amanda by surprise.
"The flu was just so intense it wasn't like normal I mean I've had the flu before and this was scary," said Boyer.