Second-grade teacher dies from flu complications in Texas

Weatherford teacher dies from flu effects

A teacher and mother died of the flu after deciding her prescribed medicine cost too much

After falling ill at the end of January, Holland decided not to pick up her prescribed flu medication because she felt that the $116 copay for a generic version of Tamiflu was too high.

"I have to be strong for the kids but it's still surreal", Frank Holland told the Democrat.

Charlotte LaGrone, a representative for the Weatherford Free School Region, said Monday that it was all the while adapting to Holland's sudden death.

She had been employed as a second grade teacher at Ikard Elementary School since 2014.

The flu outbreak has killed more than 60 children so far this season and flu activity is still increasing in many parts of the country.

A spokeswoman for the Weatherford Independent School District, where Mrs Holland worked, said that the school is mourning her loss and have been deep-cleaning school campuses since December.

A mother in Texas died over the weekend after reportedly deciding against purchasing medicine to treat the flu because of how much it was. The majority of the deaths, 2,720 to be exact, have been among people ages 50 or over.

Holland was sent to the ICU and died early Sunday morning on February 4.

This flu season is on track to becoming one of the worst in recent history, according to the CDC.

"Flu is incredibly complex and hard to predict and this season is a somber reminder of why flu is one of the world's greatest public health challenges" Schuchat said.

One local school district was one of number of Texas districts who've close due to impact from the flu this year. Nationwide, hospitals are seeing record numbers of patients diagnosed with the flu.

To alleviate fears among guardians and workforce, Weatherford ISD said that it has played it safe to guarantee the wellbeing and security of their understudies.

Campbell Clinic has seen an increase in the number of appointments and people diagnosed through rapid flu testing over a year ago, according to Durham.

"I will say that the number of students who typically get vaccinated actually decreased this year and last year but we feel like that's because the FluMist hasn't been on the market the last two years", Durham said. "However, those who obviously are very sick or at high risk of developing serious flu complications should be treated as soon as possible with antiviral drugs".

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