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March 9, 2019

OREGON: Parents Won’t Vaccinate Their Son After First Tetanus Case In 30 Years Nearly Killed Him, $811K Bill

Filed under: Children, Harm, Health, News, Science — Scottie @ 06:29

The Daily Beast reports:

An unvaccinated Oregon boy became the first person in over 30 years to contract the deadly tetanus infection in the state. The 6-year-old boy was playing on a farm when he cut his head, according to a case report by the CDC. His parents cleaned and stitched the wound at home, but a week later, he arrived at a hospital exhibiting advanced symptoms of tetanus, a serious bacterial infection that causes involuntary muscle spasms, difficulty breathing, lockjaw, and arching of the neck and back.

The Washington Post reports:

In all, the boy’s medical charges in the hospital amounted to $811,929 — which did not include the cost of being airlifted to the hospital or of inpatient rehabilitation, according to the CDC. It’s unclear from the report who covered his hospital expenses.

Notably, physicians counseled the boy’s family to bring the child up to date on all of his vaccinations, as well as receive a follow-up dose of the DTaP vaccine. His family said no.


  1. They’re the ones who have to live with it. I can’t care about this shit anymore. Enough kids die, this WILL change.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by silverapplequeen — March 9, 2019 @ 06:34

    • Hello SAQ. I understand but we also will pay for it. The vaccine only cost 24 to 30 dollars and is fully paid for by insurance. It is free at clinics if you can not afford it. However because of their stupidity the boy suffered this:

      His parents cleaned and stitched the wound at home, but a week later, he arrived at a hospital exhibiting advanced symptoms of tetanus, a serious bacterial infection that causes involuntary muscle spasms, difficulty breathing, lockjaw, and arching of the neck and back. Doctors inserted a tube in his windpipe, treated him with neuromuscular-blocking drugs, and placed him in a dark room with ear plugs to help reduce his spasms. Despite their best efforts, the arching of the boy’s neck and back worsened, and he was kept in an intensive care unit for over a month until he could be moved to a rehabilitation center. In total, the boy’s medical charges amounted to $811,929.

      This is a clear case of child abuse to me. Hugs


      Comment by Scottie — March 9, 2019 @ 07:04

  2. Hi Scottie;
    Just had a thought – I know, scares me too. Try to avoid these situations, but dang if it didn’t just pop in there and now I don’t know what to do with it.
    So, looking over at Gracie…… she was snoring loudly as I was reading this post…..and there upon her collar is a bright metal license. To be licensed, and thereby legal, all dogs must be vaccinated against rabies and distemper. In fact, if you do not have your dog vaccinated, maybe due to allergic issues or something, it must never leave your property except on a leash. You cannot take it into a boarding kennel, dog park, normal park, etc. Why? Because they are potentially very contagious and even absolutely dangerous!
    If you go to a animal rescue, and you want to pick up a puppy, you will be required to use – at a minimum – hand sanitizer. Because puppies under a certain age (usually 6 weeks, then 12 weeks) have not had their vaccinations and can pick up certain diseases simply from being pet and snuggled by an otherwise very loving person. Some places will actually provide a smock so that your clothing is also kept from direct contact, but that is usually to protect against possible fleas and the issues that can come from them.
    I have seen video of dogs with parvo, heart worm, and distemper. They make a grown man cry, so don’t look them up, and the anger and outrage you feel at seeing this happen to a defenseless dog…. it’s absolutely heartbreaking. I think every person who ever thinks about having a pet should watch the video if they ever consider not vaccinating. If I knew that someone had a dog that wasn’t vaccinated, I wouldn’t let Gracie near that dog, the dog owner’s property, or anywhere I knew that dog had been at all recently…. and Gracie is vaccinated against picking up these diseases. Can still happen.
    Having said all this, I can not imagine someone not vaccinating their child, especially after coming face to face with the consequences. But, it happens. People think “it won’t happen to my child” — BUT IT F’ING DID!

    This is all due to the weird laws that confuse and conflate property and religion with child welfare, and the real blame is on our government for not nailing down these laws. In far too many ways, a child is considered property and therefore has no rights not granted by the parents/owners. In others, it is an exercise in religious rights that somehow again trumps the person rights of the child. I find it incredible that on one hand people will argue that abortion of a pregnancy, at whatever stage, is murder, but setting a child up for horrible diseases, failure to educate and give decent care, etc., is somehow within the rights of the parent/owner and cannot be infringed upon.

    ok…. rant over.

    See, this is what happens when I allow thoughts to bubble to the surface.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by randy — March 9, 2019 @ 07:44

    • Hello Randy. I love this! You rant any time you like. I remember when we got Milo from the humane society we had to either take him to our doctor and the doctor had to certify he was healthy and had his shots. We also had to fill out a background form to insure we did not have any animal abuse crimes. I worked in an ICU as you know. The suffering this 6 year old went through is child abuse. Hugs


      Comment by Scottie — March 9, 2019 @ 07:52

    • I can’t provide statistics, but I would be inclined to say more people vaccinate their dogs than they do their children. I’m referring to dogs that people get from a breeder … not a rescue dog where it’s required.

      It’s mind-boggling how some parents put conspiracy theories above their children’s health.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by Nan — March 9, 2019 @ 12:52

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