We’re responsible for our own health as much as for the health of others. Getting vaccinated helps protect you. And it also helps protect some individuals who might not be able to get the jabs that they need because of their health conditions. That’s called herd immunity. Unfortunately, not everyone’s aware of what that means. There are some who think that their opinions are far more important than the lives of others. In this case, two anti-vaxxer parents who were outraged that their child was ‘isolated’ in the emergency room because he wasn’t vaccinated. Instead of quietly complying with doctors’ orders, the two parents wrote an angry post and added a photo, flipping the healthcare professionals off.
The tetanus vaccine is suggested by doctors to prevent tetanus, an infection caused by Clostridium tetani bacteria. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends it for all babies and children, preteens and teens, and adults.
Nowadays, tetanus is rare in the United States, with about 30 reported cases each year. The vast majority of these cases are among people who did not get all the recommended tetanus vaccinations, including people who have never received them and adults who don’t stay up to date on their 10-year booster shots.
The alternative name of tetanus, lockjaw, has emerged because one of the most common signs of this infection is tightening of the jaw muscles. Tetanus infection can lead to serious health problems, like being unable to open the mouth as well as changes in blood pressure and heart rate. Complications include blockage of the main artery of the lung or one of its branches, pneumonia, and breathing difficulties which can lead to death. 1 to 2 in 10 cases are fatal.
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