Tetanus Scare

Tetanus Scare

I have had one patient with tetanus in my career: it was an elderly female who never had the tetanus vaccine as a child and developed tetanus from a wound.

It was awful for her, even with modern medicine, with every muscle in her body contracting. Tetanus remains rare in the US thanks to the vaccine, but it still kills thousands a year in a most unpleasant manner.

Making the rounds on the internet is the nonsense story that the UN tetanus vaccine contains HCG, human chorionic gonadotropin. Normally HCG is a hormone that helps maintain the uterine lining for the fetus.


Some Kenyan doctors allegedly sent some tetanus vaccine off for testing (why is uncertain) and it came back positive for HCG, although the provenance of the testing is also unknown.

The theory is that by combining tetanus toxoid with HCG the body will develop antibody against HCG and be unable to become pregnant, an idea that has been suggested in the medical literature and the conspiracy wackaloons have run with it.

The result is the

Kenya Catholic Doctors Association is charging the World Health Organization and UNICEF with attempting to sterilize Kenya's population.

and Catholic bishops are suggesting refusing the vaccine.

Bill Gates, according to The Kenya Catholic Doctors Association: Fellowship of the Minds, is the leader of the sterilization conspiracy.

The idea is bunkum.   

Director of Medical Services for the Ministry of Health Nicholas Muraguri told the National Assembly Committee on Health, "We ordered two lab tests and the results came in yesterday showing no traces of HCG in the tetanus vaccines,"

Not that it will convince anyone. The Catholic Church in Africa has a record of providing poor information about sex with 

The head of the Catholic Church in Mozambique has told the BBC he believes some European-made condoms are infected with HIV deliberately.

Suggesting that vaccines are being distributed in order to sterilize populations is part of what allowed a resurgence of polio. In the case polio it was Muslim clerics who were suggesting the polio vaccine was a plot to sterilize Muslim females.

That bit of nonsense resulted in polio returning, children becoming paralyzed and the eradication of polio delayed.

History will likely repeat itself with a resurgence of tetanus and awful deaths for no good reason.

There is Doctors Without Borders, the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association needs to renamed Doctors Without Sense.  

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