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Second-grade teacher dies from flu complications in Texas

Heather Holland
Heather Holland

A second-grade teacher from Texas died Sunday due to complications of the flu after deciding not to buy the medication, which was more than $100.

Heather Holland, 38, fell ill about a week ago but waited to pick up flu medication because the copay was $116, which she believed was too expensive, according to the Weatherford Democrat.

Holland’s husband, Frank Holland, told the Weatherford Democrat he bought her the medication when he found out she had not, but the next day, she was taken to the ICU.

Holland worked at Ikard Elementary School in the Weatherford Independent School District. She leaves behind a 10-year-old daughter and a 7-year-old son, the Weatherford Democrat reported.

The school district posted a statement from superintendent, Jeffrey Hanks, on their Facebook page.

“This is a sad time for our WISD family, especially for those who knew Mrs. Holland as a friend and colleague,” he said. “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. Our thoughts remain with the Holland family and our Ikard staff during this difficult time.”

What actions—apart from getting vaccinated and taking medicine—can you take to help slow the spread of illnesses like the flu?

Kaley Johnson: 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6