A grieving mother in the UK is warning other parents following the death of her 1-year-old daughter, Lulabelle, who passed away in her sleep due to respiratory issues caused by early flu onset this past January. Joelle Hughes is sharing her story because she believes her baby's death could have been prevented and wants other moms and dads to make sure they get their child a flu vaccine.
"We finally have the answers behind Lulabelle's death," Hughes wrote in a post to Facebook. "I'm relieved, but also devastated that something so simple can easily be prevented, which is exactly why I feel this is vital to share with all of you guys on my Facebook."
Hughes continues, sharing the results of Lulabelle's postmortem report, which came back showing she had influenza. "She went to bed with no symptoms of any illness so it would have been the very beginning of the flu," she wrote. "It's likely she developed respiratory problems while she slept. Please, I beg people when the Winter months come, go to your [doctor] and book your children in for the flu vaccine! Lula's tiny body just couldn't cope and resulted in her being taken from us far too early."
The devastated mom added an edit to her original post with further information about the flu shot for babies, specifically in the UK. "If your child is under 2 they will not give your baby the flu nasal spray, you have to go private and pay for the flu injection. So everyone with babies please look into having this done!!" In the US, the CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine, and if they're younger than 6 months, be sure to have them around vaccinated individuals only to be safe.