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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Stupid Is As Stupid Does (Cont.) Public health officials say unvaccinated children are at the center of increasingly frequent outbreaks of illnesses that most doctors have studied in books but never seen.

That's how Kelly Lacek's youngest son, Matthew, came to be something of a celebrity patient at Pittsburgh's Children's Hospital two years ago, at age 3.

Few doctors there had ever seen a child infected by the bacteria Haemophilus influenzae type b. Before Hib vaccine for infants was introduced in 1990, the disease struck down 20,000 American children a year and killed 600.

Matthew "got so sick, so fast. He was hunched over and couldn't breathe," as the infection often causes severe swelling in the throat, Lacek recalled.

Read the whole thing, and for the sake of everyone, VACCINATE YOUR CHILDREN!

UPDATE: Much, much, much more on this subject can be found here and here and here.

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