36-Year-Old Indiana Youth Pastor Dies from Flu Complications Despite Getting Flu Shot

The late Allison Williams was youth pastor at Reddington Christian Church in Seymour, Ind. | Photo: Facebook/Allison Williams

An Indiana church and the family of a 36-year-old youth pastor are now in mourning after she died from flu complications Monday.  

The youth pastor, Allison Williams, who had worked at Reddington Christian Church in Seymour since 2008, died at Schneck Medical Center.

“RCC family, we are beyond saddened to announce the passing of Allison. Allison had the flu for the past few days and it seems she went septic. After arriving at the ER she went into cardiac arrest,” the church announced on Facebook Monday afternoon.

According to The Tribune, Reddington Christian Senior Pastor Scott Brown said that Allison lamented to him about getting the flu vaccine.

“She told me yesterday, ‘I don’t even know why I got a flu shot. It didn’t do me any good,’” Brown said.

According to the CDC, which conducts studies each year to determine how well the flu vaccine protects against flu illness, the effectiveness of the vaccine can vary. Recent studies show that flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60% among the overall population during seasons when most circulating flu viruses are well-matched to the flu vaccine.

In general, the agency notes, current flu vaccines tend to work better against influenza B and influenza A (H1N1) viruses but offers lower protection against influenza A (H3N2) viruses.

Williams’ mother, Lisa Williams of Knoxville, Tennessee, reportedly noted on social media that her daughter got sick with the flu after attending the Tennessee Christian Teen Convention, which she has attended annually, from Jan. 10 to 12. Allison Williams was later diagnosed with Type A flu.

“When she came home, she wasn’t feeling well,” Pastor Brown told The Tribune. “A couple of days after being home, she had gone back to the doctor for the second time, and they said she had the Type A flu.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair