PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Health officials are urging people to get a flu shot after three deaths connected with the illness are confirmed in North Carolina. This time of year is the peak of the flu season, and, for one man, the pain that comes with the potentially deadly illness is all too real.
Tom Clark's daughter died in 2009 after complications from the flu. Meaghan was just 16 and did not receive a flu vaccination the year she died. Meaghan's father says her death was something his family never expected.
"She was healthy, she was strong, and there was nothing really to worry about," Clark said. "Just as a precautionary measure, he [the doctor] wanted to put her in a hospital to get her strength back."
But the illness progressed rapidly, and Meaghan died just three days later.
"They were prepping her as we spoke to put her on a respirator. At that point, I knew I had to get home," Clark said.