CDC finds poster child of sorts-- after boy almost dies of tetanus

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OREGON The CDC released its weekly morbidity and mortality report, showcasing what they say is the need for vaccines.

They released a report about a boy who contracted tetanus back in Oregon back in 2017.

It was the first tetanus case in the state in over thirty years. The boy's parents did not get him vaccinated. The child then cut his forehead on a rusty object. Later he contracted tetanus and spent months recovering, at one point unable to breathe on his own. But even though he barely survived the disease, doctors say his parents would still not get him a tetanus booster shot, or any other vaccinations.

Doctors say tetanus is one of the more deadly diseases that vaccines prevent.

Tetanus is a serious disease caused by a bacterial toxin that affects your nervous system, leading to painful muscle contractions, particularly of your jaw and neck muscles. Tetanus can interfere with your ability to breathe and can threaten your life.

"Very few physicians in the U.S. know how to manage tetanus because it's so rare," said Dr. Mark Crislip.

The CDC says the boy's parents spent about 800-thousand dollars on medical expenses. The average tetanus shot costs around 30 dollars.