Alivia started feeling uncomfortable and suddenly died in her sleep on Monday morning. It's a decision she said they'll now spend the rest of their lives second-guessing.
"Alivia did not have [the flu vaccine] because they had told us once the flu is going around, it's not going to matter if you get it or not", the toddler's grandmother, Tameka Stettler, told WRTV. "They took the IV out, and she was drinking on her own", Stettler said. "It's so sad", Stettler said. "She was eating Cheerios last night". After being admitted to a hospital for three days, she seemed to be doing better and was sent home. "How does that just happen?" "She was always happy, she was always sitting in".
"While we can't discuss any patient's care, we are very saddened by her passing".
Dr. Bianca Maya, a pediatrician, said the majority of cases she is seeing right now are for the flu.
Thirty-one flu deaths were reported last week, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.
The flu is "spread by respiratory droplets released when infected people cough or sneeze nearby or when people touch surfaces or objects contaminated with those infectious respiratory droplets". The symptoms of pneumonia resemble those of the flu, coughing, body aches, and a fever.