It was not confirmed if any other students had gotten infected at the private Catholic school. Chabot would have celebrated her 15th birthday next week. "I lost my daughter ... my angel Gabriella Chabot".
The girl's father, Michael Chabot, mourned his daughter on Facebook.
"I love you peanut!"
'The La Reina community shares in deep sorrow with the Chabot family upon the passing of their daughter, Gabriella, ' a statement from the school said. "We stand ready to support them through this time in every way we can". "You will always be my angel", he wrote.
A vigil is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday in the school's gymnasium.
"With the increase in influenza impacting many communities across the entire state, it is important to get a flu shot now if you have not done so already", CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith said in a statement.
He said he could not recall a worse flu season.
According to the Ventura County Star newspaper, health officials say 35 people died of the flu in Ventura County so far this season. At the same time past year, there were 14 flu deaths. Last month, Pomona Valley Hospital told CBS Los Angeles it turned an auditorium next to the emergency room into a six-bed unit to handle the overflow of patients.
"It's so tragic, and there is just a higher number, a higher occurrence of this happening", said Dr. Carlos Reyes.
Another health center, Loma Linda University Medical Center, had to use a tent that they normally designate for disasters.
With flu season starting October 1 of previous year, California Department of Public Health has reported 74 flu deaths for people under 65, up until January 13. "We've had about 150 patients total that have gone through the tent in the past two weeks".
Across the country, doctors are seeing more cases, hospitalizations and deaths from flu, and there's no sign it's letting up.