CDC: Unvaccinated Oregon boy almost dies of tetanus

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  • one old man MSC, UT
    March 9, 2019 1:31 p.m.

    While there are certainly valid arguments to be made on both sides of this question, the REAL problem is the outpouring of completely FALSE information from anti-vaxer websites.

    That's where our attention needs to be . . . .

  • shamrock Salt Lake City, UT
    March 9, 2019 11:58 a.m.

    Some day that little boy will understand what his parents to him. I hope he can be more forgiving than I would be.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    March 9, 2019 11:27 a.m.

    Owl - This is part of the price we all pay to live in a free country. Are you suggesting the government bureaucrats should force us to have all vaccinations?

    Reasonable folks can disagree about the value of vaccinations. I, for example, never get a flu shot. My first, and only, flu shot came in the army decades ago and I had no choice in the matter. I was sick for weeks with a low grade fever and nausea. I am sure they are better now, but still normally less than 50 percent effective against the prevalent strain. Regular washing of your hands is, in my opinion, much more effective in prevention.

    Most reasonable folks would get the typical childhood shots, but I would be against forcing others to do things against their will on such a personal matter. Yes, we are paying, to a degree, for the kid with tetanus, but likely only through fractional increases in insurance. Just like we pay for smokers and obese people and other lifestyles that we don't practice that have higher sickness rates.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    March 9, 2019 9:19 a.m.

    This is a most regrettable, but predictable and preventable tale. The cost of this child's outstanding medical care is borne by all of us. More tragedies of this nature will come if vaccine deniers do not face reality. All those who promote vaccine hysteria are culpable.