Australian Mother of 2 Dies of Flu “Despite” Being Vaccinated
A touching tribute to a Canberra mother who died of influenza has been posted online after she became the latest victim of Australia’s horror flu season.
Mother-of-two Jennifer Thew spent a week suffering from bad influenza symptoms before she died at Calvary Hospital on Saturday.
It’s understood her daughter Estella, aged 7, has also been sick with the virus.
Thew, who moved to Australia from Germany, was a medical receptionist who had reportedly been vaccinated.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up for the Thew Family by her daughter’s dance school.
Ms Thew worked as a receptionist at a medical centre in Canberra. (Facebook)
“GDANCE will be covering Estella’s tuition for Term 4 so she can keep dancing if she wishes, as dance is her real passion,” the page reads.
“GDANCE has set up this Go Fund Me account so if you’d like to contribute financially to help the Thew family you can do so.
“All monies raised here will be given directly to the Thew Family.”
The page has already raise $1170 – more than its $1000 goal – in 20 hours, with 13 donors.
“Remembering a former work colleague with great affection. Keep smiling and watching over your beautiful family Jen,” one donor wrote.
“Going to miss you terribly. My heart is with your precious family,” said another.
Thew’s death follows that of eight-year-old Rosie Anderson who died from influenza in a Melbourne hospital on September 16.
It has been a horror flu season across Australia, with more than 137,000 reported cases by the start of September. There have been 95 reported deaths from influenza this year.
Australian Medical Association President Michael Gannon told 9NEWS the tragedy should not discourage people from getting the flu shot.
“It’s certainly the worst flu season we’ve had for a number of years. The fact the victim was vaccinated should in no way reduce our faith in that very important mechanism,” he said.
“The more people that are vaccinated, the less likely that severe forms of the virus can take hold in the community.”