OREGON The CDC has published its weekly report on morbidity and mortality, showing what they say is the need for vaccines.
They published a report on a boy who had contracted tetanus in Oregon in 2017.
It was the first case of tetanus in the state for over thirty years. The boy's parents did not vaccinate him. The child then cut his forehead on a rusty object. Later, he contracted tetanus and spent months recovering, at one point unable to breathe on his own. But even though he has barely survived the disease, doctors say his parents would still not get him a tetanus booster or other vaccines.
Doctors say that tetanus is one of the most deadly diseases that vaccines can prevent.
Tetanus is a serious disease caused by a bacterial toxin that affects your nervous system and causes painful muscle contractions, particularly jaw and neck muscles. Tetanus can interfere with your ability to breathe and can threaten your life.
"Very few American doctors know how to manage tetanus because it is very rare," said Dr. Mark Crislip.
The CDC reports that the boy's parents spent about $ 800,000 on medical expenses. The average tetanus vaccine costs around $ 30.