Anti-Vax FB Group Played Role In Child’s Flu Death

NBC News reports:

Facebook groups that routinely traffic in anti-vaccination propaganda have become a resource for people seeking out a wide variety of medical information — including about the ongoing flu season.

One recent post came from the mother of a 4-year-old Colorado boy who died from the flu this week. In it, she consulted group members while noting that she had declined to fill a prescription written by a doctor.

The child had not been diagnosed yet, but he was running a fever and had a seizure, the mother wrote. She added that two of her four children had been diagnosed with the flu and that the doctor had prescribed the antiviral Tamiflu for everyone in the household.

At the link you’ll see that the mother treated her sick children with peppermint oil, Vitamin C, and lavender. Members of her anti-vax Facebook group also recommended breastmilk, thyme, and elderberry. Read the full story.