Our hearts ache for the family of an eight-year-old Melbourne girl who has sadly died of the flu.

The young girl died at the Angliss Hospital in Upper Ferntree Gully on Friday, reports Herald Sun.

Rosie Anderson, 8, had been sick for a few days with what her family thought was a bad cold.

But on Friday she went into cardiac arrest and six paramedics could not revive her.

Christian Brealey said his “beautiful princess” Rosie died just hours after she took a turn for the worse.

“She had been sick for a few days and we thought she had a bad cold. Never in my worst dreams did I ever think it would end up like this,” Mr Brealey said in a statement posted online.

“I’m a walking zombie at the moment… don’t know how we are going to deal with this.”

In a statement released to The Herald Sun, Mr Brealey urged people to immunise their children against the flu.

“We are devastated by the loss of our beautiful, loving little angel,” Mr Brealey said.

“We urge everyone to get their kids immunised against the flu and ask only that our privacy is respected and our family given time and space to grieve.”

Health Minister Jill Hennessy has urged Victorians to be alert to symptoms of the illness

She told 3AW’s Neil Mitchell the death of the young girl was “one of the other very sad cases that we’ve seen this flu season”.

“We’re having a horrific flu season right up and down the entire eastern seaboard both in QLD and NSW and Victoria, Western Australia seems to be less affected than what we are but we know we’ve had double the number of people with flu — flu notifications,” she told 3AW.

“This is an influenza strain that is able to impact the young, the elderly, the well and the unwell and people should be really attentive to any symptoms of the flu that they might have.”

Do not to dismiss flu symptoms as “simply a cold” or “‘man flu'”.

“Get to the doctor, call Nurse on Call, call an ambulance if you feel someone is very unwell. But don’t ignore the flu symptoms,” Ms Hennessy said.

“It needs to be taken seriously.”

In another tragic case, a young dad passed away suddenly from the flu on what was supposed to be his first Father’s Day.

QLD Parents are determined to raise more awareness after their teenage son died from sepsis after suffering with the flu, there have been other similar cases reported recently as well.

Flu symptoms can be similar to those of a cold, although they tend to be more severe.

Symptoms can include:
dry, hacking cough
moderate-to-high fever (although not everyone with the flu will run a fever)
sore throat
shaking chills
severe muscle or body aches
stuffy and runny nose
profound fatigue (may last up to two weeks)

Colds come on gradually over a few days and are often milder than the flu. They usually get better in 7 to 10 days, although symptoms can last for up to 2 weeks.

Flu symptoms come on quickly and can be severe. They usually last 1 to 2 weeks.

Use your symptoms as a guide to figure out which condition you have. If you think you might have the flu, see your doctor to get tested within the first 48 hours of showing symptoms.

Contact your doctor right away if your symptoms do not improve or if they become severe.

See a doctor if you have signs of pneumonia, including: via healthline

trouble breathing
severe sore throat
cough that produces green mucus
high, persistent fever
chest pain

Call a doctor right away if a child develops the following symptoms:
trouble breathing
extreme fatigue
refusing to eat or drink
trouble waking up or interacting

Read more: TRAGIC NEWS Young dad dies on his first Father’s Day

RIP little one, our love and prayers are with the family x

Share your comments below.

  • So heartbreaking. My condolences go out to the family and friends of this young girl.


  • Very sad – my condolences to the family.


  • this is very sad that this child has been taken away from a vicious flu. very heartbreaking for her family who will never be the same after this.


  • Every one should just vaccinate as much as possible. However, the cost can be too much.We need to have safe and free healthcare to protect everyone


  • So sad that a child can die from the flu.


  • How horribly sad :( it’s just not something that you even think of people dying from.


  • This is truly devastating and so sad, RIP beautiful angel.


  • How tragic and how shocking this can take a young healthy happy life !
    My thoughts & prayers go out to the family.
    Such horrific flu season indeed !


  • Such a terrible tragedy – at 8 years old and fit and healthy you wouldn’t expect this outcome. My thoughts are with this young family.


  • Very sad to read the young girl died of the flu,it seems to be affecting so many people this season,my heart goes out to the family.


  • So sad that you can die of influenza in this day and age. My thoughts and prayers are with these families during such a sad time.


  • This is so sad that we’ve lost another person to the flu, and such a young child. It is such a tragedy that you would think should not happen in this day and age. My heart is full of sadness of this young girl’s family and my thoughts are with them as they try to make sense of it all.


  • My deepest condolences to her family on the loss of their beautiful daughter. RIP Mercedes. Beautiful girl taken too soon.


  • Every sympathy – just so tragic in every way. The most awful flu season.


  • Definitely been a very bad season for flu .

    • Definitely been a very bad season for flu .
      Rest in the arms of the Lord sweet one.
      Thoughts and love sent to the family.


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