Munice child dies from flu complications
MUNCIE, Ind. (WISH) -- An Indiana community is mourning a 3-year-old girl who died Monday after complications with the flu.
The girl died at her home in Muncie, after a hospitalization.
"My heart goes out to the finally I mean that about makes me want to cry every time I hear something like that," said Roxane Brady, neighbor.
The Delaware County Coroner says 3-year-old Alivia Viellieux died from pneumonia, a complication of the flu.
And doctors say they're seeing more and more cases.
"I would say the majority of our cases are flu, flu illnesses," said Dr. Bianca Maya, Pediatrician.
And those cases continue to spread.
"It just takes a sneeze, cough, touching - touching a handle somebody else who is infected touching was previously touched so very contagious," continued Maya.
Parents are doing just about everything they can think of to keep their kids healthy.
"I do disinfectant wipes, I make sure that they wash their hands constantly, I keep on top of them make sure that I disinfect the bathroom constantly even the kitchen counters everything that i can do to keep everything clean,” said Brady.
Sometimes it’s not enough.
"That's the side effect or the complication that we worry about the most with influenza," said Dr. Michael Burt, Pediatrician.
The symptoms of pneumonia resemble those of the flu—coughing, body aches, and a fever.
So how do you know when to take your child back to the doctor?
"Any child who is acutely I'll and is very fatigued and not taking fluids in or not responding normally or any child who has difficulty breathing initially," Burt explained.
He also says you should go to the doctor if symptoms get worse after the first two or three days.
The coroner says Alivia had been hospitalized with the flu before she died.
"No family should ever have to go through that ever,” said Brady.
Doctors also recommend getting flu shots.
Pediatricians say it's not 100 percent effective but many people who get the flu after having the shot tend to have milder cases.
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