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State: At least 6 kids have died in Texas from flu

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 11, 2013 at 5:47 pm •  Published: January 11, 2013
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DALLAS (AP) — A 6-year-old North Texas girl who died of the flu has been laid to rest.

The Dallas County medical examiner confirmed that Tahlia Johnson's death was flu-related. Five other children's deaths in Texas were also flu-related 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 say Tahlia was sent home with an allergy medication and 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.