A 4-year-old boy has died from the Flu in Colorado after his mother refused to follow doctors’ advice, instead opting to follow tips she picked up from an anti-vaccination Facebook group.
According to NBC News, the mother of the boy posted in a Facebook group — called “Stop Mandatory Vaccination” — that two of her four children had been diagnosed with the flu, leading a doctor to prescribe Tamiflu antiviral medication for the entire household.
When a third child (the four-year-old preschooler, identified as Najee) began to show flu symptoms, including a fever and a seizure, his mother still ignored the doctor’s orders, defiantly posting in the FB group, “The doc prescribed tamaflu (sic) I did not pick it up.”
The woman also wrote that she had been treating her four children with combinations of peppermint oil, vitamin C, and lavender, but complained those methods weren’t working, leading her to ask for advice from the Facebook group, that currently has more than 178,000 members.
Many members advised the mom to use ingredients like breast milk, thyme, and elderberries. “You’re better off taking Vitamin D and C, Elderberry, Zinc, and eating lots of fruits and vegetables,” one group member replied. The posts have since been scrubbed from the page.
The family refused to comment on whether or not the Najee had been vaccinated but did set up a go fund me page to help with expenses.
“I’m hurting so bad right now, and so is his dad and brothers,” Najee’s mother told KKTV 11 News. “Our whole family is hurting, and it feels like we failed him because we did what we had to do.”