7-year-old Colorado girl taken off life support after battle with the fluPosted: Updated:
A 7-year-old girl Colorado girl has died after she came down withe flu just before Christmas and fell into a coma.
Selina Nguyen died Sunday, according to a Facebook page aimed at providing updates on the girl. She was surrounded by family when she died.
"Her family made the difficult decision to take her off of life support after working with the hospital to try absolutely every avenue to save her life," a post on the page says. "Her brain has had zero activity since she entered the hospital on December 23rd. Unfortunately there was nothing more the hospital could do."
How to protect yourself and others from the flu
The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as a first step toward preventing the flu. Getting the vaccine can help protect yourself and those around you, especially the very young or very old, who are at elevated risk of severe illness.
Every year, the vaccine is formulated to fight the most common strains of flu and this season’s vaccine includes H1N1, the predominant strain.
The vaccine is recommended for everyone aged 6 months and older.
Limiting contact with others when you’re sick and staying home from work or school can also help prevent the spread of flu, as will regular hand-washing and covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.