2 thoughts on “An epidemic of stupidity

  1. Doc says:

    A new case report from the Centers for Disease Control released Thursday starkly highlights the costs of not vaccinating children. It details a unvaccinated 6-year-old boy’s encounter with tetanus – and the hugely expensive, two-month-long effort it took to save his life. https://gizmodo.com/it-took-two-months-and-nearly-a-million-dollars-to-save-1833137421
    After getting his forehead scraped while playing outside on a farm the 6 year old ended up spending 57 days in the hospital, with a bill of $811,929 (plus costs for air transport and rehab care).
    There’s been a working vaccine for tetanus available since the 1920s, and vaccination has virtually eliminated the disease in countries with decent healthcare. However even with treatment 10 percent of victims of tetanus ultimately die. Most every person in the U.S. is fully vaccinated for tetanus by the time they enter school, with the first of five shots happening at the age of 2 months (booster shots every 10 years afterward are recommended). Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for the unnamed child in this report, since his family had chosen to not vaccinate him for any condition.
    CDC (March 8, 2019): “Notes from the Field: Tetanus in an Unvaccinated Child – Oregon, 2017” https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6809a3.htm?s_cid=mm6809a3_w

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