“She was healthy Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the evening” said Kiera’s aunt, Laurel Beckstead.
The girl’s mother, Tiffany Driscoll, had to perform emergency CPR on her daughter, before she was rushed to the Hospital. Her child was fine and displayed no symptoms all weekend.
On Monday she was given steroids and a nebulizer at a nearby clinic after she started coming down with symptoms of the Flu, including a harsh cough and a fever.
Despite the medical teams best efforts, Keira could not be resuscitated and she was placed on life support and later passed on her own the next day.
Keira’s death also comes after the CDC reported last week that more than three-quarters of people who had the injection – which contains strains of influenza A – this year will get the virus anyway.
In total, more than 8,000 people have been hospitalized with the flu since the start of October, with the elderly the most affected, the CDC reported.
This is despite, so far this season, a higher number of people having had the flu vaccine than last. Over 40.3 percent of individuals were vaccinated early this season, compared to 39.5 percent early last season.
An interim CDC report found the shot was only 23 percent effective overall, a performance about in line with what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicted last year, experts said. At the time, CDC warned that the predominant flu virus, influenza A (H3N2), had “drifted” or changed genetically since the shot was made, Reuters reports.
The youngster is the fourth child in the Nevada-based county – and the 56th nationwide – to have died from the flu in the past few months as vaccines have proved largely ineffective.
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