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Unvaccinated Boy Who Spent 57 Days In Hospital Is The First Case Of Tetanus In Decades

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On the latest episodes of “please vaccinate your kids, you dumb jerks,” a 6 year old boy is recovering from Tetanus after spending 57 days in the hospital.

Tetanus is caused when bacteria from such things as dirt or rust enters the skin.

Tetanus is called “lockjaw,” because the bacteria causes the muscles to essentially freeze.  A victim suffering from Tetanus could easily die of suffocation.

How did the boy contract Tetanus?

Why, because his parents refused to vaccinate him.  And following their 8 week stay in Intensive Care, they are still refusing to vaccinate him.

If that doesn’t make you rage, the boy racked up nearly $1 million in hospital charges because today’s hospitals are not equipped to deal with Tetanus.

The vaccine has mostly made treatment unnecessary.

According to ABC:

“Use of tetanus vaccines and tetanus immune globulin had led to a 95 percent decrease in tetanus cases and 99 percent decrease in tetanus-related deaths since the 1940s, according to the CDC, which recommends that children receive the DTaP vaccine at ages, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15-18 months, and then at 4-6 years old, and that adults receive tetanus and diphtheria (Td) boosters every 10 years.”

Since the 1940s–a ninety-nine percent decrease.

The boy was saved using the tetanus immune globulin as well as the diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine.

So his parents saw the light and asked for his immunizations to be brought up to date, right?

Of course!

What if he developed Autism or almost died because of a vaccination‽ It happens, you know.

A friend’s cousin’s hairdresser’s brother told them they knew someone who said they’d heard of someone that happened to.

In addition to this case, due to anti-vaxxers, the USA is experiencing a measles outbreak.

What’s next, polio?

Legislation is looking to crack down on this following a recent 18-year-old’s defiance of his mother’s anti-vaccine beliefs and testifying before Congress about the importance of being vaccinated.

The fact that the parents refused to vaccinate their child after two months of AGONY is infuriating for many.

While vaccine reactions happen, they are rare and almost never fatal. Whereas being exposed to diseases they prevent is often illness inducing and has a much higher mortality rate.

Why continue to gamble with your child’s life when you’ve already played the game and lost?

The amount of misinformation surrounding anti-vaxxers beliefs is dangerous.

Facebook told The Washington Post that it has “taken steps to reduce the distribution of health-related misinformation on Facebook, but we know we have more to do.”

To conclude, vaccinate your dang kids.  VACCINATE THEM!


Written by Mike Walsh

Mike is a writer, dancer, actor, and singer who recently graduated with his MFA from Columbia University. Mike's daily ambitions are to meet new dogs and make new puns on a daily basis. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @mikerowavables.