Report Reveals Non-Vaccinated Oregon Boy Suffered From Tetanus

When a six-year-old boy playing on a farm got cut on his forehead, the parents didn’t think about it. Take care of it and be done. However, six days later, the child’s parents realized something wasn’t right with their child. He was suffering from involuntary muscle spasms, had problems breaking, and his jaw was clenched.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, the child was transported to Oregon Health and Science University where doctors learned he had not been vaccinated and was suffering from tetanus. It’s the state’s first reported pediatric case in over 30 years.

According to a report from the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the incident took place in 2017. The young boy spent 57 days in the hospital with over $800,000 in medical bills for a disease that can be prevented.

Dr. Judith A. Guizman-Cottrill is Oregon Health and Science University’s pediatric infectious disease specialist and the article’s lead author. She said it never occurred to her that she’d see this disease for herself in the U.S. She said it was heartbreaking to watch, seeing him suffer.

The article was released among the rise in tensions regarding childhood vaccinations. The U.S. is currently seeing an outbreak of measles with most of it in the Pacific Northwest region. Oregon has the highest rate of U.S. residents without vaccinations with 7.6 percent of children in kindergarten not vaccinated due to parental beliefs.

An 18-year-old, who went against his own mother’s anti-vaccine beliefs and got his shots, spoke before Congress recently. He talked about the need for vaccinations and how important it was to fight against fake vaccine claims such as that they can cause autism. The belief that vaccinations cause autism has been once again discredited.

Health experts have repeatedly said failing to vaccinate – for whatever reason – increases the chances for those who can’t get vaccinations to suffer from an outbreak.

Tetanus is a life-threatening illness that causes the body to suffer from painful muscle spasms. When the vaccine was introduced in the 1940s, there was a decrease in the number of people who had the disease. The shots, which begin in infancy and continues through childhood, are recommended to ensure a person doesn’t get tetanus.

Most people who have had tetanus have not been vaccinated or gotten all their vaccines.

In the case of the Oregon boy, doctors gave him the initial vaccine for tetanus (DTaP), but he was in very bad shape. According to the report, he was on a ventilator for more than a month. He had to stay in a darkened room, used earplugs and wasn’t provided hardly any stimulation to ensure his muscle spasms didn’t worsen.

Dr. Guzman-Cottrill said everybody had to whisper around the boy.

When he was released from the hospital, he was sent to a rehabilitation center where he stayed for 17 more days. After a month, he could go back to his normal activities, but despite everything their son went through, the parents still do not believe in vaccinations, and he didn’t get the second DTaP.

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