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One of the five Minnesota Hib meningitis cases was in a 5-month-old child too young to have finished its first series of Hib shots. Another case was in a child who got all the shots but who turned out to have an immune deficiency.
The other three cases -- including the death -- were in infants whose parents refused to vaccinate them. Parents of two children objected to vaccines; the parents of the third child were waiting to vaccinate until the child was 5 years old.[/b]
Sadly, I think it's going to take A LOT of cases like this to make people wake up and start realizing that these diseases we protect against are no joke. I feel very sorry for the baby, but I can't say the same for its parents.
I feel bad for everyone involved. Agree or not... i'm sure the parents really did think they were doing what was best. Does that make me think people shouldn't take these dieases seriously, well of course not. But i still feel for the parents too
This is scary and sad - babies are dying and sick when they could have been protected! I really do feel for their parents - they thought they were doing what was best for their child, and lost them instead. They must feel horrible guilt on top of the loss - I know when Sydney got rotavirus and was hospitalized I felt guilty that she could have been vaccinated but wasn't yet, due to my own fears. I feared she could even die (she looked awful when admitted, she lost 10% of her body weight, her color was bad, she was limp, scary). I really was angry with myself, and I imagine the parents of the sick and dead children are feeling remorse as well as sorrow So sad.
Crissy ♥ mama to Jack 7.16.01 ~ Mia Bella 10.29.02
Angus Pickle 2.24.04 ~ Sydney Bean 10.26.06 & Kater Tot 2.15.09