Here’s an excerpt from a significant story from the Canadians for Health Freedom blog. Hearing about this boy’s supposed sudden death from H1N1 galvanized public interest in getting the vaccination so it was certainly a succesful PR campaign. But was the story at the core it all true?
“Over the past few days, we have received information from one very reliable known source (and three additional informants too frightened to use their names) indicating that the death of Evan Frustaglio was not due to H1N1: rather, he succumbed to an acute case of meningitis, possibly exacerbated by his playing hockey that weekend. We further were informed that health authorities were absolutely aware that this was the case, yet perpetuated the myth that young Evan died from a virulent case of the H1N1 Flu, assisted by an eager media.
A knee-jerk response to tragedy
The result of the publicity surrounding the 13-year-old athlete’s tragic death was the lining up of thousands upon thousands of people, children in strollers, babes in arms, waiting for hours for vaccination. Many people interviewed in those lineups said that they were there because they were frightened by how quickly the boy died, with doctors unable to save him. Continue reading