LIFESTYLE & COMMUNITY

To Vaccinate Or Not? Non-Vaccinated Boy Was Barely Saved After Contracting Tetanus

Date March 22, 2019

A few decades ago, parents didn’t have much choice; today they have the right to decide whether to vaccinate their children or not. The refusal to do so is largely based on the fear that the vaccine can be harmful and even cause developmental pathologies such as autism. You can read more about a study involving more than half a million children conducted to check the validity of this claim. By not vaccinating their children, parents put them at risk.

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In 2017, the first case of tetanus infection in 30 years made a big splash. It occurred in Oregon, where a non-vaccinated 6-year-old boy contracted the disease while playing outside. The alarming symptoms (involuntary muscle spasms and breathing problems) started to show in a few days.

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The kid was hospitalized for 57 days, most of which he spent in the ICU. The cost of treatment, which allowed him to return to leading a normal life, was almost $1 million.

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Most often, parents choose not to vaccinate their kids because they:

  • don’t trust the quality of vaccines and their effectiveness;
  • prefer that their children get sick with diseases without serious complications at a young age;
  • fear that drugs can suppress the immune system, cause developmental pathologies, or even death;
  • fear that their own negative experience of vaccination will repeat;
  • rely on alternative methods of immunization, such as homeopathy;
  • consider vaccination to be a conspiracy of pharmaceutical companies.

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Every parent decides whether or not to vaccinate their child according to his or her own beliefs. Nevertheless, vaccination has certain undeniable advantages.

  1. Drugs act quickly, forming the corresponding antibodies, which can save the child's life.
  2. Vaccination prevents outbreaks of various diseases, thereby protecting future generations.
  3. There is a lower risk that a vaccinated child will develop complications if he or she should get infected.
  4. Immunization is significantly cheaper and less time-consuming because unvaccinated children tend to get sick more often.

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In addition, children who have not been vaccinated may be subject to a different treatment since they are a potential threat to those who were not vaccinated for medical reasons. The latter may refuse to socialize with them.

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Moreover, some adults, like teachers or medical workers, may also refuse to work with a non-vaccinated child. As such, children may become socially isolated, which is also a serious issue.

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Although vaccination of a child is each parent’s own choice, it shouldn’t be made without consulting several experts first. Also, get to the bottom of the myths surrounding this issue and objectively assess the potential risks of each option.

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.