Flu Has Claimed Lives Of At Least 6 Children In Texas

DALLAS (January 11, 2013)--A 6-year-old North Texas girl who died of the flu has been laid to rest.

The Dallas County medical examiner’s office confirmed that Tahlia Johnson's death was flu-related and five other children have died of flu-related causes since last fall.

At a Dallas funeral home Friday, Tahlia's white coffin was adorned with flowers. Stuffed animals, a bicycle and other toys surrounded the casket.

She died Tuesday at her home.

She was taken to a Dallas-area emergency room Monday night, but her family says she wasn't tested for the flu.

Relatives said Tahlia was sent home with an allergy medication and a pain reliever.

It's unclear if she'd been vaccinated for the flu.

State health officials say more than half of Texas has cases, and the intensity of flu-like symptoms is high.

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