The boy's parents are part of a growing movement of "anti-vaxxers" - parents who refuse to vaccinate their children because of concerns over the vaccines' safety or potential links to autism.
A six-year-old boy in OR almost lost his life to a tetanus infection, and it's all because he was not vaccinated.
Two years ago, a 6-year-old boy was playing outside on a farm in OR and cut his forehead open - not something that remarkable in the grand scheme of typical childhood injuries. He was not taken to any medical facility, and his would was cleaned and sewn up at home. The boy was hospitalised for two months after he contracted tetanus following an injury on a farm. Schaffner says the bacterium that cause tetanus is "everywhere", including in soil, and vaccination is the only real protection.
Six days later the boy started crying, experiencing involuntary spasms in his upper arms and his jaw clenching. Although he was being given treatment, on his fifth day in the hospital, the child required a tracheal tube and to be placed on a ventilator as he experienced spasms in his diaphragm and larynx.
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The charges totaled $811,929, although this excludes additional costs of air transportation, inpatient rehabilitation, and ambulatory follow-up costs, according to the report. He had severe fevers and his blood pressure and heart rate rose to unsafe levels. Doctors gave him multiple intravenous drugs to control his blood pressure, pain, and muscle spasms. He also spent time "in a darkened room with ear plugs and minimal stimulation" as light and loud noise generated more spasms.
Starting on hospital day 35, the patient tolerated a 5-day wean from neuromuscular blockade.
"It was hard to take care of him, to watch him suffer", says Judith Guzman-Cottrill, a pediatric infectious-disease physician who co-authored the article in the CDC's online journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
The boy was in the intensive care unit, in critical condition, for over six weeks. It wasn't until a month after rehabilitation that the child was once again able to walk and run without assistance. He spent another 17 days there. It took about a month after his rehab for the boy to return to "normal activities" such as running and bicycling, the report added.
Despite the recommendation of doctors, the child's parents refused a second dose of the DTaP vaccination and other vaccines.More news: Everton must play each match like a final, says Silva
Amid outbreaks of preventable childhood illnesses, one unvaccinated OR boy's nightmarish encounter with tetanus should serve as a cautionary tale for "anti-vaxxer" parents, doctors say. The medical crew transported him via air to a specialty pediatric facility.
It was the first time a child in OR had been diagnosed with rare disease in more than 30 years, according to a report on the case by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday.
"The cost of one DTaP [diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine] dose is somewhere around $24 to $30 a dose, and this could have been prevented with five doses of DTaP vaccine", said Guzman-Cottrill. Ideally, people should then get DTaP boosters every 10 years throughout their lives, according to guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.More news: Nintendo Labo's Next Kit is a Virtual Reality Smörgåsbord