A young teenager recently died in our hospital from tetanus. The staff was shocked to discover that his parents had tried to get him a vaccine. He was scared, and cried and yelled. They let him refuse the vaccine.
|Our little friend, Aristotle|
When he came with a scratch on his head,
I made sure to clean it well
and apply a bandaid and neosporin.
If they had realized the danger, would they have insisted on the vaccine? We'll never really know, but we can imagine that seeing your child get a shot they don't want is nothing compared to watching your child suffer the tortures of tetanus, and then die.
It's hard to believe that a little scratch can be deadly. For someone who does not have the tetanus vaccine, this is a real possibility.
While there is much in the news currently about Ebola, people in Africa are much more likely to die from other causes. Many of these easily preventable, such as malaria, malnutrition, and tetanus.