2018-02-07 / Features

Eight-Year-Old Corona Girl Dies After Flu Diagnosis

An eight-year-old Corona girl died on February 5, one day after she was diagnosed with the flu at Elmhurst Hospital Center.

Doctors at the hospital are still trying to determine if Emily Baez died from symptoms related to the flu or from another illness.

She died at 6:38 am, a short time after EMS rushed her there from her family’s home in LeFrak City.

“The tragic death of a child due to the flu is a reminder of the devastating effects this illness can have on people of all ages. The influenza season is far from over, and it is not too late to get the flu shot. We urge parents to protect themselves and their families by getting this potentially life-saving vaccine today,” the city Health Department said in a statement.

For more information about where to get vaccinated, New Yorkers can call 311 or visit nyc.gov/flu, or text “flu” to 877877.

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