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Four-year-old Hawaii girl first to die from flu virus

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:07 p.m. HST, Jan 22, 2013

State health officials confirmed a 4-year-old girl has died of the flu virus -- the first flu death this season.

The girl died Sunday despite being under a physician’s care for a few days and being given Tamiflu, state health spokesperson Janice Okubo said.

Hawaii had one child who died of the flu during the last flu season, she said.

The season runs from October through March and has hit particularly hard on the Mainland. 

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olos73 wrote:
My ALOHA to the family. This is so sad. She was sick only 2 days.
on January 22,2013 | 05:48PM
Anonymous wrote:
health department allowed a ship full of sick tourists from canada to 'spread the flu in Hawaii this past weekend...
on January 22,2013 | 06:05PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Could not be. It takes more than a few days for the flu to get into a system.
on January 22,2013 | 06:10PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Condolences to the family. Did the doctors report if the girl had other weaknesses? What are some of the statistics on flu, such as the numbers affected in Hawaii, this season? I had a violent throw up a few days ago, and i think it was due to consuming too much of a fish cake. Two days later i still have diarrhea. I wonder if i have the stomach flu? I did have a flu shot on January 11th, 11 days ago. They said it would take two weeks for the flu shot to take effect fully. I guess maybe my throw up was due to that flu shot.
on January 22,2013 | 06:09PM
Nocturnal wrote:
The stomach flu and the influenza flu is completely different. With influenza you get body aches, fever, cough, but usually not vomiting. There is another virus that causes the "stomach flu" which is completely different. Also many times food poisoning is the actual cause of severe vomiting and diarrhea. You are right too that a lot of times with influenza there may have been another infection whether it was a lowered immune system, asthma, etc. that causes the death but I want to find out what exactly caused her to stop breathing like that.
on January 22,2013 | 06:21PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
on January 22,2013 | 11:31PM
marilynblee wrote:
My condolences to the family. Did she have the flu shot? Tamiflu is not the flu shot, it is an antiviral.,M
on January 22,2013 | 06:10PM
olos73 wrote:
Another report the mother said the child got a flu shot in October.
on January 22,2013 | 06:22PM
Nocturnal wrote:
In the KHON article it indicated she did indeed have the flu shot back in October but still got the flu. They've said over and over and this year's flu shot is not that potent against the current flu strains going around.
on January 22,2013 | 06:22PM
Nocturnal wrote:
Such a heart breaking story to read. As a parent I cannot fathom something like this happening. It's such a tragic story. I am hoping no more deaths occur :(
on January 22,2013 | 06:19PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
C'mon state - step up efforts and combat this. And to all....wash your hands all day long and you and yours will be safe.
on January 22,2013 | 08:07PM
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