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    Report: It Cost $800K to Cure Unvaccinated Tetanus Patient

    According to a case study of a 2017 incident, released yesterday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, it took two months and $811,929 in medical costs to save a 6-year-old from tetanus. The Oregon boy, who hadn’t been vaccinated against the deadly bacteria, scraped his head while playing on a farm and began experiencing lockjaw and muscle spasms six days later. When he finally recovered, his parents reportedly refused any vaccinations.

    Why do doctors insist that everyone get vaccinated? Unlike viruses, tetanus isn’t spread through person-to-person contact, so there’s no herd immunity.

    Don’t miss OZY’s take on what we get wrong about the future of medicine.

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