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Provo Teens death raises questions about the flu

PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Monday students at Timpview High School remembered sophomore Parker Allred. Parker died after complications surrounding the flu.
PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Monday students at Timpview High School remembered sophomore Parker Allred. Parker died after complications surrounding the flu.

Monday morning the school was covered in blue ribbons, the flag in front of the school lowered and students dressed in their Sunday best for Parker Allred.

Students shared their plan over the weekend, through the internet. Timpview Senior Jake Slatter said, "On Facebook, you would see all the groups and statuses asking all of us to show respect."

The respect and love for an athlete, friend, brother and excellent student.

ABC4 News spoke to Parker's older sister Madison, she explained what happened to this strong and vibrant teenager.

Madison said, "His body was fighting a war between the flu and a staph infection. His body was putting more effort to fight the flu, he lost the battle of the staph infection and that's what killed him."

Not only is his death devastating for his classmates, those who knew him directly or not, but this is also very unsettling. What is the flu capable of?

The chances of dying from the flu are out there, but very small.

Mary Hill is an Epidemiologist for Salt Lake Valley Health Department, Hill told ABC 4 News " 1 in 30 thousand people will die from the flu."

As it was with Parker, it isn't the flu that will kill you, but the flu can weaken your body.

Hill said, "It will lead to a complication, that can lead to death. But that is rare."

If you've had the flu for a few days and then get worse, call your doctor immediately.

These symptoms may indicate a secondary or bacterial infection with flu. Call your doctor right away if:

Your fever returns
Your fever lasts for longer than 3 days
You have difficulty breathing
You cannot stop vomiting and can't keep liquids down
You wheeze when you breathe
Your flu symptoms are worsening each day
An infant or young child has any fever or symptoms of the flu



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