A family mourning the loss of their 11-year-old loved one who died from complications of the flu is urging everyone to receive a flu shot.
Savannah Hyden was hospitalized at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Sunday night where her health deteriorated until her passing Wednesday night.
"It was more than her body could handle, it was more than her heart could take. It just basically stopped her heart," Aunt Tiffany Moore said. "Vanderbilt said grown men are dying from H1N1."
Family members said the sixth grader had not received a vaccination against the virus, though it is unclear if the shot would have saved Savannah's life.
"Please be aware. Please take care of your kid so this doesn't happen to you," Moore said. "If you are sick, please go to the doctor right away."
Savannah attended Knox Doss Middle School and was a well-liked student who school officials said was a joy to be around.
"School staff and students are devastated. They are grieving. Savannah was well-liked and a joy to be around," school spokesperson Jeremy Johnson said. "She was a really well-liked little girl. She contracted the flu over the break. She didn't get it at school and there is no concern of it spreading at school."
Grief counselors are available for students and teachers.
Savannah is the eleventh flu-related death in Middle Tennessee.
Children ages six months to 18-years-old are encouraged to take the flu vaccination unless told otherwise by their doctor. Pregnant women should also take the flu shot.
An account, the Savannah Memorial Fund, has been set up at Regions Bank to help the family with costs associated with Savannah's hospital stay.
Tuesday, August 12 2014 12:20 PM EDT2014-08-12 16:20:44 GMT
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