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Four-year-old Colorado boy dies from flu after mother ‘treated him with advice from anti-vaxx Facebook group’

The state of Colorado was hit by its second paediatric death due to flu this season. The mother of the child had chosen to ignore the doctor’s prescription and follow other methods advised by an anti-vaccine Facebook group.

After two of her four children were diagnosed with flu a doctor has prescribed the entire household to take  Tamiflu antiviral medication. The mother had posted in a Facebook group called “Stop Mandatory Vaccination” that she didn’t pick up the medication and was treating her children with peppermint oil, vitamin C and lavender. She was asking for help as those didn’t work.

Suggestions she received from the group includes using breast milk, thyme and elderberry — all of which are not recommended by doctors to treat influenza. The 4-year-old who had died was not diagnosed with flu at the time but was having a seizure and showed symptoms of fever.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment confirmed that the child died from the flu and told NBC News that it did not have records showing whether the boy had been vaccinated. Geneva Montoya the mother of the child had started a GofundMe page to receive donations for the child’s treatment.

“I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has donated money for me son Najee!” read an update on the fundraising page, posted Thursday. “It is my deepest sorrow to inform those of you that don’t already know that my son has been taken off of life support and has passed. Myself and all those who love Najee are devastated and broken,” Mrs Montoya said.

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