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She claims paramedics said her 6-year-old had common flu symptoms and left. Now her daughter is dead.

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Six-year-old Emily Muth first fell ill with the flu on Jan. 16.

Three days later, she had difficulty breathing, so her mother, Rhonda Muth, called for an ambulance.

I don't wish this on anybody.” Emily, of Cary, N.C., is among at least 30 children across the country who have died of the flu during a nasty season that's caused a rapid increase in the number of older people and children being hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Though the flu season typically peaks in February, the outbreak is already one of the worst on record, as the flu has touched every U.S. state, with 32 states reporting severe flu activity.

Physicians are insisting people get their flu shots, as 85 percent of the children who died were probably not vaccinated, CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald told Reuters.

Emily died Friday after she was rushed by an ambulance to WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh.

Her mother called an ambulance and said a paramedic told her the labored breathing was a common symptom of the flu.

Emily's breathing worsened a few hours later, and when her mother called paramedics a second time, they couldn't save her daughter, she told ABC11.

While young, healthy people have died of the flu, those most at risk are the elderly and young children.

Muth hopes Emily's story will encourage parents to vaccinate their children.


Author: @DailyCupofYoga

Source: washingtonpost.com

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