BREMERTON, Wash. (WCMH)– Piper Lowery was a healthy, normal, 12-year-old girl until recently when she became severely ill. After she died, tests confirmed her death was flu-related.
According to KOMO News, Lowery, from Kitsap County, Washington, was the first pediatric death in the county since 2009.
“Our hearts go out to the families of these individuals,” Dr. Susan Turner, health officer for the Kitsap County Health District to KOMO News. “These tragedies remind us that influenza can be a very serious illness, especially in young children.”
Lowery’s mom, Pegy, said the girl got sick last Tuesday and after two trips to urgent care it was revealed she had influenza AH1N1. Pegy thought Piper was OK until Saturday. “She said, ‘Oh mama’ and collapsed right in front of me,” Pegy said.
Piper’s kidneys were failing, and she was rushed to the ER. Three hours later, Piper died.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccination.