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(Undated)  --  The Centers for Disease Control says a six-year-old boy from Oregon was treated for the state's first case of childhood tetanus in 30 years.  The boy was unvaccinated in 2017 when he got a cut on his forehead while playing on his family farm.  The wound was stitched up at home, but six days later he started having muscle spasms and clenching his jaw.  He required about eight weeks of inpatient care, including almost 50 days in the intensive care unit.  The hospital bill for the boy's care soared over 800-thousand-dollars.  Despite the near death experience, the boy's family declined to get him vaccinated afterward. 

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