A 38-year-old 2nd grade teacher died from the flu, after delaying buying meds because they were too expensive. Heather Holland was prescribed Tamiflu because she started to feel ill with flu-like symptoms. But she felt that the $116 co-pay was too high and put off buying the medication.
Her husband bought the medication when he found out, but by that time it was too late and the flu had worsened severely.
He stated, “Friday night, things escalated and she ended up in the ICU. The doctors got the blood cultures back and they had to put her on dialysis early Saturday.”
On February 4, Holland passed away.
“This is a sad time for our WISD family, especially for those who knew Mrs. Holland as a friend and colleague.” Weatherford ISD said in a statement, “Heather was an outstanding educator. She had been a member of the Ikard family since 2014 and touched the lives of many students, parents and staff members.”
Approximately 4,000 people have died a week due to the flu this season — and the cost of flu-fighting medications is surely not helping matters.