5th Minnesota Flu Death, 14-year-old Girl

Posted at: 01/08/2013 4:23 PM
Updated at: 01/08/2013 6:45 PM
By: James Wilcox

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- A St. Louis Park teen has died after battling the flu. 14-year old Carly Christenson came home from basketball with a sore throat on December 20th. She ended up at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis on Christmas Eve.

A St. Louis Park school official says Carly did receive a vaccination. Despite that, she was still diagnosed with 'Influenza A'.

Carly died this morning. An Associate pastor from Westwood church was with family when she passed.

The pastor said Carly was in the church confirmation program and was a "beautiful bright vivacious kid."

All girls' basketball games scheduled at St. Louis Park High School against Fridley have been canceled as Carly's teammates mourn her loss.

Counselors will be available at the school to students.

Five people have died from complications from the flu in Minnesota so far this season.