ROCKWALL, TEXAS—Fourteen year old Chloe Lindsey died Sunday night in Fort Worth, another young victim of H1N1. Her father, Tom Osbourne, says the family doctor wouldn't prescribe Tamiflu, the anti-viral drug that helps fight the flu.
"We really don't understand, but we really feel like everybody out there should be asking these questions, why is there no Tamilfu? Why do there have to be these qualifications to get it?" Osbourne says.
The CDC recommends only giving Tamilfu to kids older than two and only if they have a chronic illness, which Chloe did not have.
Presbyterian Rockwall Pediatrician Gregory Sonnen is four times busier this September than last September. Most cases are H1N1. Dr. Sonnen says the CDC issues guidelines, not laws.
"I do acknowledge those guidelines, but I also look at each patient as an individual and I feel like Tamiflu is going to help this individual child or family, I am using it." Dr. Sonnen says.
Caley and Tyler Schmitz received their seasonal flu shots. Their mom, Brandi, says that if her kids had flu symptoms, but were otherwise healthy, she'd want them to get Tamiflu.
"Yea, I would like that. I've heard that it works a lot, just from other kids parents that have told me the kids have taken it and it helps them feel a lot better, quicker." Schmitz says.
Brandi would follow her doctors advice rather than CDC guidelines, even if he didn't prescribe Tamiflu.
"I guess i would listen to the doctor. I trust him."
Over the past two weeks, Dr. Sonnen says he's treated treated more than 200 H1N1 cases, most, but not all of his patients have received Tamilflu and he says none have been taken to the hospital.
"We have yet to have anyone have serious outcomes here from H1N" Says Dr. Sonnen. "Knock on wood, and we hope that stays that way, but so far the bulk of the H1N1 disease we are seeing, it looks like traditional seasonal flu."