A 6-year-old boy from Oregon, who never received any vaccines, spent 57 days in the hospital, 47 of them in the intensive care unit, and his inpatient care bills amounted to $811,929 after contracting tetanus from a cut on his forehead.
His 2017 case was the first in the state for pediatric tetanus in more than 30 years, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report Thursday.
According to the report, the unidentified boy was playing on a farm when he suffered a forehead laceration. His wound was cleaned and sutured at home but nearly a week later he began suffering from jaw clenching and involuntary muscle spasms.
The boy had never received any vaccines and despite his near-death experience, his family declined any further vaccines once he was discharged. He was given one of the five recommended doses of DTaP
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