Anti-Vaxxer Nurse Fired After Posting Details Of Toddler's Measles Case On Social Media

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After a concerned parent shared screenshots of the post and comments to the Facebook page of the Texas Children's Hospital where the boy is being treated, the nurse was placed under investigation for sharing protected patient health information.

Four days later, she was discharged.

"We take these matters very seriously as the privacy and well-being of our patients is always a top priority," the hospital said in a statement. "After an internal investigation, this individual is no longer with the organization."

"The views of this employee do not represent that of the organization," they confirmed on Facebook.


This case sees the total number of measles infections in Texas rise to eight this year. And in a bitter twist of irony, the nurse's own ideology may well be directly to blame for the toddler's condition: although the rest of his family had received measles vaccinations, ABC reports that the boy was too young for the procedure – making him reliant on the herd immunity that anti-vaccine campaigners threaten.

"If you don't believe in vaccines, you probably shouldn't go into pediatrics," UT McGovern Medical School's Assistant Director of Humanities and Ethics Professor Rebecca Lunstroth told ABC."[T]his is the standard and if you don't believe in the standard, you should probably go into another practice."

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