A hospital in Texas has fired one of their nurses who posted about a young boy who was suffering from measles in a Facebook group. The social media group was dedicated to anti-vaxxers. These are the people who reject the scientific proof of the safety and value of vaccines. The screenshots have been taken off the post, and they show a self identified nurse who says that the patient’s symptoms helped her understand why parents vaccinate their children but still, she will continue with her non-vax journey with no regrets.
The Texas Children Hospital was reported saying that a nurse posted protected health information regarding a patient on social media. However, the hospital did not discover the name of the nurse and the department is taking these matters very seriously as it is the policy of the hospital not to disclose the information of the patient in public and keeping the information private is a top priority. A spokeswoman Veronika Javor Romies tells the reports that after an internal investigation; the nurse is no more associated with the hospital in any manner.
Veronica also tells the reports that the young patient is being given the treatment of measles and that the hospital will be assessing the risk posed on other children who may have come in contact with the young patient in the hospital. No matter what, it should be the responsibility of the doctors and the department that none of its staff disclose any information regarding the patients in public or else they will be taken under strict action. Javor also stated that the measles disease is highly contagious and is a vaccine-preventable infection. Vaccination is the best way to deal with measles, and it is considered as an effective protection against the disease.
Measles is best prevented by vaccination and to prevent the outbreak of the disease and protect others who are at high risk of getting the infection; vaccination is best to provide to a high percentage of the population. Because of the lower vaccination rates for measles and other preventable diseases in the U.S and Europe have been tied with the outbreaks of the disease. Specialists believe that the anti-vaccine sentiments that were on the air in past years by a fraudulent paper in the 90s spread the fake news about vaccine risks.