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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the boy had been ill for a couple of weeks, but his parents only called an ambulance when he stopped breathing. Prosecutors allege the couple treated the boy with herbal remedies and laid down next to him in bed. When they finally called for help the boy was airlifted to a hospital in Calgary, but taken off life support five days later. Doctors say the cause of death was meningitis.
Prosecutors told the court the couple “loved their son and are not accused of ignoring or killing him.” But, they added “they should have sought medical help sooner.”
originally posted by: GetHyped
I'm sure the anti-vax apologists will be along to try and convince us how this senseless and avoidable death is not actually an obvious consequence of their pseudo-scientific ideology.
Babies and Children
Meningococcal vaccination is recommended for some babies and children.
Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine
Certain children from ages 2 months through 10 years at increased risk should get a meningococcal conjugate vaccine (Menactra®, MenHibrix®, or Menveo®), including children:
With complement component deficiency or who are taking Soliris®
With damaged spleen or whose spleen has been removed
Who are traveling or residing in countries in which the disease is common
Who are part of a population identified to be at increased risk because of a serogroup A, C, W or Y meningococcal disease outbreak