68-Year-Old Swampscott Teacher Dies From Flu

Clarke Elementary School in Swampscott (Kendall Buhl/WBZ NewsRadio1030)

SWAMPSCOTT, MA (WBZ-AM) -- A long time, much-loved teacher is being mourned in Swampscott.  

Phyllis Gotlib, a 68-year-old teacher at the Clarke Elementary School, passed away Wednesday, shortly after coming down with the flu. 

According to her Obituary Gotlib, who taught music education at the school, died surrounded by her family.

Those who know her her  said her personally was strong and vibrant and her health matched her spirits -- working out everyday.

This makes the 2nd person to die from complications from the flu this year. 

Earlier this month, Jenny Ching, 51 of Needham, a mother of two young sons, died of pneumonia which developed after she got the disease.

Experts say it has been a particularly busy and dangerous season for influenza and while you may be healthy or active, 

"Even if you are a healthy person you can get complications from the the flu. Just be cognizant be vigilant. Know that the flu is not a benign illness  for everybody," said  Sonya Beauvais, Medical Director of American Family Care in Swampscott.

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Kendall Buhl reports.

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