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Officials Declare Flu Outbreak At Irving Elementary In Eugene

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Parents of a 7-year old Eugene boy who died last week from a suspected case of the flu are warning other parents to pay attention and not dismiss signs of illness in their children. 

The cause of Parker Ashford’s death has not yet been confirmed. His parents tell KVAL in a letter that he became ill with fever on January 13th  and died 3 days later.  The parents add that they and their son had had flu shots. Parker attended Irving Elementary in Eugene. Lane County Public Health has declared a flu outbreak at the school.

Pat McGillivray with Bethel School District says the illness peaked on Tuesday with 40 students out sick at Irving Elementary. He says there were 30 out on Thursday. He says it's not clear how many of them actually had the flu. He says declaration of an oubreak gives the district more resources to help the school communicate with families. 

People are advised to get a flu shot and to stay home if they exhibit symptoms.   

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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