Yeah, that's what got me, too. That's a defense that just doesn't cut it. That was a totally preventable illness.
And not that I am condoning what happened, but natural selection, people, natural selection. That gene pool just ain't gonna make it.
From the WHO:
Hib [Haemophilus influenzae Type B] is preventable — highly effective vaccines have been available since the early 1990s.
Ninety-two percent of the populations of developed countries was vaccinated against Hib as of 2003. Systematic vaccination has now virtually eliminated Hib disease in industrialized nations.
Treatment of Hib is through an intensive, sustained course of antibiotics....Resistance of Hib to several of the more inexpensive but effective antibiotics is a growing cause of concern and provides additional impetus for expanding vaccine coverage.
Haemophilus influenzae produces beta-lactamases, and it is also able to modify its penicillin binding proteins, so it has gained resistance to the penicillin family of antibiotics. In severe cases, cefotaxime and ceftriaxone delivered directly into the bloodstream are the elected antibiotics, and for the less severe cases, an association of ampicillin and sulbactam, cephalosporins of the second and third generation, or fluoroquinolones are preferred. Macrolide antibiotics (e.g. clarithromycin) may be used in patients with a history of allergy to beta-lactam antibiotics.
So it should have been prevented in the first place, if they had only vaccinated their child, and despite the defense expert's testimony, it is not resistant to all antibiotics.