A Doctor's Experience With Unvaccinated Children

August 5, 2014 10:58 PM

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A Doctor's Experience With Unvaccinated Children

On a late Friday night last fall, a 3-year-old boy arrived in the ER at my hospital. His parents reported that he had been experiencing cold-like symptoms and a fever for the previous few days, but that something had changed that night. When the doctor arrived in the little boy's room, it was clear the young patient was in distress. He was sitting forward, his mouth hanging open, with labored breathing and openly drooling. The symptoms were consistent with an unusual disease we don't see very often, but fortunately this young astute doctor recognized it immediately. The medical team ordered placement of a tracheal tube and the boy was rushed to the intensive care unit (ICU).

A year ago, a 10-week-old baby girl was admitted to the pediatric floor. She'd also been experiencing cold symptoms for a few days and had a worsening cough. However, before I even arrived in the room to examine her, the nurses called a "rapid response," which meant that something was very, very wro...

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