Ashanti Grinage, 4, died of pneumonia due to complications from the flu, according to Texas health officials. (Photo: Ashanti Brielle Grinage / Gofundme)

A Texas father is crazy.

Her 4-year-old daughter, Ashanti Grinage, had a high fever on January 29. She was taken to the emergency room where she was diagnosed with the flu and sent home with medication, according to Father Martel Grinage.

Two days later, she died. Grinage told the Dallas news WFAA that doctors did not diagnose her daughter's persistent cough as pneumonia.

"On Tuesday, when he went to the doctor, he had pneumonia and we did not know it," he said.

The Garland family, Texas, said their 4-year-old son did not get the flu shot. His death occurred in the middle of a flu season that has not seemed as urgent as last year because there have been fewer deaths. Last year, complications from the flu claimed the lives of 180 children, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

But the flu is beginning to affect some communities. Schools are closing and administrators are struggling to find enough substitutes to replace sick teachers.

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The family took Ashanti to the emergency room on Thursday, when he was experiencing great fatigue and coughing up mucus.

"The doctors told me when I arrived that their lungs were full of pneumonia and that they did the best they could," Grinage said.

Grinage told ABC 13 that he wished he had asked doctors to check his only child for infection the first time he was in the emergency room.

"I'm angry at myself, I'm angry at everyone, I'm angry at the hospital, I'm angry at God," he said. "I can not lie to you."

Flu outbreak closes four schools

The last weekly report of the CDC shows That 28 children have died this flu season.

But New York City and 24 states, such as Colorado, Indiana and Virginia, are reporting "high" activity. Flu outbreaks are responsible for closing schools in at least four states.

Some of the school administrators said they are using the closing time to clean and disinfect the flu germ school.

Influenza activity level report (Photo: CDC)

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Kemper County, in eastern Mississippi, is suspending classes on Monday, February 11 and Tuesday, February 12, due to the flu. Superintendent Jackie Pollock says that 100 students with flu symptoms have been absent from elementary and middle school for the past week. Pollock said the closure of the schools will allow students to rest and visit the doctors.

In North Mississippi, the North Tippah School District and the South Tippah School District canceled classes on Friday due to the disease. The staff used the lock to clean the classrooms and eliminate the germs that cause the flu. The media reported that up to 350 students were absent due to flu in school districts last week.

North Carolina

The North Carolina school system canceled classes for students and staff on Friday, February 8 due to the flu. The superintendent of Ashe County Public Schools, Phyllis Yates, said 452 students were sick from the five schools and the early learning center of the system. Another 38 students who came to the school were sent home. Thirty teachers were sick and no substitutes could be found to replace them. Yates said the work teams would disinfect the schools while the classes were canceled.


A primary and secondary school in northern Alabama closed three days last week because the district was having trouble finding substitutes due to staff absences. The Superintendent of Schools of Lawrence County, Jon Bret Smith, told the news media that the families of Moulton Elementary School and Moulton Middle School should take advantage of the time to recover.


Three Idaho school districts closed earlier this month, a district after a large number of their students were absent due to the flu.

The Firth, Shelley and Fremont school districts in eastern Idaho have closed their schools due to a record number of absences for one or more days, the Idaho State Journal reported.

The Fremont School District closed the day after a third of its study body did not attend due to "flu-like illnesses," the newspaper reported.

"It falls out of the air and lands in a shopping cart, remotes and knobs," said East Idaho public health surveillance epidemiologist Mike Taylor on the flu virus. "Wash your hands often, when you leave a public area, disinfect and wash your hands."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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