Connecticut mom Christy Pugh thought of the flu as a “bad cold,” until it claimed the life of her 6-year-old daughter earlier this year.

Pugh told “Today” that her daughter, Emma Splan, came home from school feeling a bit warm in February.

She had a runny nose and fever, but nothing too serious at the time. They brought her to a pediatric doctor, who diagnosed her with the flu, WRCB reports.

Due to a shortage of the flu drug, Tamiflu, she wasn’t given the medication and was sent home.

But her symptoms continued to worsen. Pugh said that her daughter couldn’t stop vomiting, which prompted them to bring her to urgent care.

She was given anti-nausea medication and once again sent home. But the vomiting didn’t let up.

When she couldn’t hold down anything, her parents brought her to Stamford Hospital. They recommended she be transferred to Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital.

However, shortly after the transfer was completed, little Emma passed away. Pugh told “Today”:

“They laid her down, she coughed, and she died.”

Doctors later concluded that she died from a rare flu complication called myocarditis, an inflammation in the heart.

Dr. E. Vincent Faustino told WRCB:

“The bleeding into the wall of her heart was a very rare complication, so uncommon. Emma was a healthy child, who tested positive for influenza B … Everyone needs to get the flu shot.”

Now, Emma’s parents are encouraging parents to give their children the flu shot — even though it didn’t work for their daughter. Pugh told People:

“A lot of people wonder why we’re recommending the flu shot even though it didn’t work for us. But every time you get in a car you still get a seat belt. Why not stack the deck in your favor. Losing a child is the worst and I don’t want anybody else to feel like they could’ve done something more to save their child. We did everything right. We just weren’t lucky.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone above the age of six months should receive a flu shot annually.

Pugh is honored her daughter’s memory by starting Emma’s Plan, an effort to support causes that were close to Emma’s heart.

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4 Replies to “‘It Didn’t Work For Us’: Parents Have Message About the Flu Shot After Their Child Died From the Illness”

  • 1 year ago

    Are you sure the proper word isn’t “message?” I’m sure a massage wouldn’t do much of anything to cure the loss of a child.

  • Frank Gonzales Jr. 1 year ago

    Volume 14 | Issue 26 Second Opinion edited by Frank Shallenberger, MD
    February 27, 2017
    The authors of the study were reporting specifically on the effectiveness of the flu vaccine in the years 2012 to 2015. To do the study, they looked at 1,930 men and women who came down with the flu during those years and how effectively the flu vaccine worked for them. The vaccine efficacy or VE for this virus was -16%. Vaccine efficacy (VE) is the percentage of a reduction in a disease in a vaccinated group of people compared to an unvaccinated group. Those men and women who got the vaccine were 16% more likely to get the flu than those who refused the vaccine. If you had the vaccination both in 2013 and 2014, the VE then fell to -32%. And if you were unfortunate enough to have had the vaccine for three consecutive years, 2012 to 2015, the VE fell to a remarkable -54%.
    Skowronski DM, Chambers C, et al. A Perfect Storm: Impact of Genomic Variation and Serial Vaccination on Low Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness During the 2014-2015 Season. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Jul 1;63(1):21-32.

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    RETRACTED ARTICLE:The impact of repeated vaccination on influenza vaccine effectiveness: a systematic review and meta-analysis

    Lauren C. Ramsay, Sarah A. Buchan, Robert G. Stirling, Benjamin J. Cowling, Shuo Feng, Jeffrey C. Kwong and Bryna F. WarshawskyEmail author
    BMC Medicine201715:159© The Author(s). 2017
    Received: 22 April 2017Accepted: 27 July 2017Published: 21 August 2017

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    Don’t give kids or adults so so sorry for your angel loss she’s in heaven never should happen..I would get a laywer sue asap you only have 6 months to file claim and hope you win ok..I lost my son Matthew last hear it’s been over year in a accident bonna faulty road he’s was 32…but because she had beer in system I lost..I believe you might have case contact laywers.wont bring her back.butbstop groom give shots and save lives.and get money god bless Judy hugs.

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