A family from Allen, Texas gave Tamiflu to treat their six-year-old daughter
Shortly after administering the treatment, they said that their daughter began exhibiting alarming side effects
They reported her experiencing hallucinations and and an attempt, they believe, to hurt herself
New CDC data shows that this year has been especially deadly, with 20 children and more than 85 adults succumbing to the flu already this season
By DANIEL ROTH and MIA DE GRAAF
14 January 2018
A family in North Texas said a popular flu vaccination left their six-year-old daughter with bizarre and possibly life-threatening side effects.
The family, who asked not to be named by local broadcaster DFW21 News, said they asked their local physician to write a prescription for Tamiflu, an antviral medication designed to treat individuals with the flu.
Shortly after administering the treatment, however, the family from Allen, Texas said that their daughter began exhibiting alarming side effects, including hallucinations and and an attempt, they believe, to hurt herself.
‘The second story window was open, which is in her bedroom, and she used her desk to climb up onto it, and she was about to jump out the window when my wife came up and grabbed her,’ her father said.
After rushing the small child to the emergency room, a doctor informed them that in very rare cases, nervous system problems – including psychosis – could present itself in Tamiflu patients.
Dr. Glenn Hardesty, with Texas Health Prosper, told DFW21 it’s very rare but can happen.
‘Less than 1 per cent is what’s listed in the data sheet,’ he said. ‘I’ve been in practice 20 years, and I haven’t seen that particular complication.’
Although the reaction is placed on the medicine’s warning list, the parents from Allen said that they wish they were consulted before administering the drug.
‘I don’t think the 16 hours of symptom relief from the flu is worth the possible side effects that we went through,’ her father said.
Hardesty advised parents to be thorough in their research before giving their children powerful medication.
‘Know that side effects are there for a reason. They’re written down for a reason. I guess they can happen, and we got the short end of the stick,’ her father said.
Many flu seasons don’t really get going until around Christmas, and don’t crescendo until February. That’s how last year’s flu season played out. This season got off to an early start and cases surged over the holidays.
In fact, new CDC data shows that this year has been especially deadly, with 20 children and more than 85 adults succumbing to the flu already this season.