Burlington County Child Dies From Flu Complications

BURLINGTON, N.J. (CBS) – A Burlington County family is heartbroken over the sudden loss of a young girl who died suddenly from complications of the Influenza B virus.

Family members say the 5-year-old girl was a healthy child who played soccer and received a flu shot in September.

According to officials at B. Bernice Young Elementary School where the little girl attended kindergarten, the child started showing symptoms during an after school program on Thursday.

“The prime time instructor took the child’s temperature,” said Superintendent Dr. Christopher Manno. “It was reported that the child had a low grade fever.”

A family member says the girl vomited overnight and complained of sore pains Friday morning. The girl’s mother who made a doctor’s appointment suggested she lay down while she made food. When the child’s mom returned from the kitchen, her lips were blue and her body was shaking.

The mother performed CPR until paramedics arrived who took her to a nearby hospital, according to the family member. The little girl was then stabilized airlifted to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where doctors attempts to revive her were unsuccessful.

Robin Rieger reports…

According to the family, blood test results indicated the child had the Influenza B virus.

Superintendent Dr. Christopher Manno issued a letter to parents this weekend informing them of her untimely death and indicated the child had received the flu shot.

“It’s not a guarantee that you won’t get the flu, but if you get it normally with the vaccine, it is mild,” said Bob Gogatz, Burlington County Health Officer.

As a precaution, the school has been thoroughly disinfected. Officials recommend parents consult a doctor if their child is experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Meanwhile, family is waiting to hear if any underlying complications could have contributed to the child’s death. Grief counselors are on hand at the school for students and faculty who need help dealing with the loss.


One Comment

  1. Heather says:

    I can’t imagine what your family is going through. My heart, my thoughts, my prayers are all with you all week, and always. I have a 7 year old daughter who also had the flu this week the same flu from the same school…I was so scared. All I could think of while I was holding her, bathing her..was that those poor parents will never gt to do this again…it broke me, I can’t imagine what it’s done to your family. I keep watching her sleep, I’m scared…God bless you all.

  2. Lbarnes says:

    Our prayers are with the family. I know about this child because I work with her grandmother for many years. I have seen her smiling face in a picture on a desk or a calendar hanging on a wall. She will be sadly missed by all.

  3. The Benish Family says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to this family and may this little angel rest in peace…God Bless<3

  4. paula says:

    I am so sorry for your loss I am a nanny for a young girl who attended Kindercare with this young girl last yearand she was friends with her…The family is in my prayers

  5. Richard Miller says:

    One dose is recommended for most people. Children younger than age 9 years who are receiving influenza vaccine for the first time, or who received only 1 dose in the previous season (if it was their first vaccination season), should receive 2 doses spaced at least 4 weeks apart this season.
    H. influenzae was mistakenly considered to be the cause of influenza until 1933, when the viral etiology of the flu became apparent

  6. Robert N says:

    My prayers go out the the little girls family it is a sad thing that happened. I also have 2 little girls that go to that school. I hope that the school is doing everything in there powers to clean that school so this does not happen to anyone else.

  7. Gina Porcella says:

    My heart breaks for you. Our prayers are with the family and everyone’s life that she touched. God Bless

  8. J says:

    So sad! To the family of this little angel I am so sorry for your loss, I can’t imagine your pain. I am praying for you!

  9. Rochelle Rodgers says:

    I would like to say my heart goes out to her family for their lost.A true angel has left us but I’m so thankful my son was able to meet her he and her were classmates. Your family will be in our prayers

  10. Jim Hartzell says:

    This young GIRL was my granddaughter

  11. Saddened says:

    I heard it was a girl on other news stations. What a terrible loss..my thoughts and prayers to the family.

    1. Jennifer Vogt says:

      Thank you..for your prayers

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