Layla Lynn Thomas, 2, Dies Following Flu Vaccination
“I don't think we know exactly how that happens, whether it's a direct result of the virus or an immune response to the virus that causes encephalitis after influenza. We know it can occur, but rarely,” said Dr. Rachel Orscheln, an infectious disease physician at St. Louis Children’s.
Dr. Orscheln wasn't treating Layla but said complications from the flu tend to impact people with immature or weak immune systems. The flu shot can be a defense.
“The flu shot isn't perfect, but it reduces the risk you will have complications, be hospitalized or die from influenza,” Dr. Orscheln said.
Layla did get her flu shot, so her family is struggling to understand how she got so sick so quickly. “We want to make parents aware this is a possible complication” said Kile, Layla's Aunt.