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.