Teacher dies from simple flu after deciding medicine cost too much

A mother from Texas has died from flu complications after she was unable to purchase a medication because it cost too much.

Heather Holland was a 2nd grade teacher at an elementary school in Weatherford.

She died following complications of flu and left behind her husband and two children.

She began feeling sick almost a week prior and was going to pick up her medication from the local drug store. However after finding out the price was almost $116 she decided that she would fight the flu without the medicine.

“She wouldn’t go get medicine because she’s a mama. Mama’s are tough. She just kept going. She had a job; she had kids,” Holland’s pastor, Clark Bosher, told Fox 2. “I think any mom does that. I don’t think she is being irresponsible. I don’t think she thought she was that sick. It happened so quick.”

Her husband decided to pick the drugs up on Thursday after he found out she had not taking them but it ended up being too late and she died in the intensive care unit at a hospital on Friday.

Her husband said:

“I have to be strong for the kids but it’s still surreal, it hasn’t all set in,” Frank Holland said. “We’ve been together a long time, over half my life. She’s my best friend, my soulmate, my everything.”


This season’s deadly flu season has reportedly taken the lives of hundreds of Americans across the country.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat said the center has seen “increased influenza-like activity, more hospitalizations and tragically, more flu-associated deaths in children and adults.”

Over 60 children have died from the virus this season and there are no signs the spread of the flu will soon to cease. The state of Louisiana, is on track to having some 1,000 flu-related deaths this season, according to medical officials.

Please remember to take your medication if you get sick and not to try and fight it on your own.