Teen Is Fourth Dallas County Resident To Die From Flu In 2020

Alan Scaia
January 14, 2020 - 6:52 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A 16-year-old girl from Dallas County with no other health problems has died from the flu. Her family says Reese Termulo died last Friday.

Termulo was a junior at Bishop Lynch High School. She was on the dance and drill team and also danced at a studio in Carrollton.

"We're just going to miss seeing her come through the doors," says Carolyn Lang, the owner of "Motion, The Studio."

Dallas County Health and Human Services says four children have died from the flu since the beginning of 2020. Across the state, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services says eight children have died since this season began in October.

Doctors say the predominant strain this season is Influenza B. They say that strain has not been predominant in almost 30 years and is the hardest on children. They also say this season started earlier than normal.

"We started seeing cases of the flu when the flu vaccine for this year was not yet even commercially available," says Dr. Leron Finger with Children's Hospital New Orleans.

The county and state health departments say the flu vaccine can still be effective to protect people. Her family has not said whether Termulo had a flu shot.

Bishop Lynch says grief counselors have been available for students and teachers.​

"You kind of have to take a step back and think, 'Am I really hearing what I'm hearing about someone so young?'" Lang says.