A North Texas teacher has died from complications from the flu this week after being forced to receive a mandatory flu shot at the school she worked at.
Heather Holland, a second-grade teacher at Ikard Elementary School, died a needless death over the weekend.
School teachers in the U.S. are required by law to receive mandatory flu vaccinations or risk being suspended from their teaching job.
President Trump recently announced that he is laying the groundwork to ban the practice of mandatory vaccinations so that needless deaths such as Heather’s can be avoided.
Chron.com reports: Holland got sick about a week ago and took medication, but delayed picking up the prescription due to the $116 copay, according to the newspaper.
By Friday night, Holland’s condition worsened and she was taken to the hospital. Her husband Frank Holland told the Weatherford Democrat that she died Sunday morning.
“She loved helping people, helping the kids, and the kids loved her,” Holland’s husband told the Weatherford Democrat.
Charlotte LaGrone, a spokeswoman for Weatherford ISD, told news station CBS DFW that counselors are available at the school for the rest of the week to help students and school staff cope with the sudden loss. She added that custodians started deep cleaning the district’s schools in December to keep students from getting sick, and that the specific campus where Holland was employed had received an additional cleaning on Friday, Feb. 2.
This year’s flu season has been particularly deadly, with flu-related deaths being reported across the nation. Last month, five flu-related deaths were reported in the greater Houston area. The CDC reports the flu is widespread across America this year and possibly won’t peak until March.