A 5-year-old girl from Las Vegas reportedly died from the same strain of the flu that she was vaccinated against earlier this year.
Kiera Driscoll is the 56th child in the country to die from the flu this year, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. But the tragic loss of this kindergartner is all the more mysterious because her parents vaccinated her for the exact strain of influenza that reportedly killed her, reports the New York Daily News.
Kiera’s family says she began coughing and coming down with a fever on Jan. 18, and that they immediately took her to a walk-in clinic, where a doctor gave her a nebulizer and steroids, reports KVVU. But, just a few hours later, the little girl reportedly collapsed and her mother performed CPR on her while they waited for her to be rushed to a hospital. She was pronounced dead at the hospital the following day from influenza A.
Kiera’s family says she did not have any other illnesses and that her death comes as a shock.
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Since Sept. 28, at least 56 children across 23 states have died from the flu. Health officials have warned that this year’s vaccination is only 23 percent effective because the H3N2 strain has mutated.
Kiera’s relatives have described her as a girl who loves “hugs, rainbows, ponies, kittens, princesses, purple, unicorns and everything magical.” A Fundly page has been set up to help the family cover her funeral costs.