A Texas nurse has been fired after it was discovered that she posted medical records regarding a patient’s measles case on an anti-vaccination Facebook page.
The case involved a toddler who was diagnosed with measles and became abnormally ill.
The nurse posted that while she remains supportive of anti-vaccination, the measles case involving the toddler was “rough” on her.
Here is her full message that was posted on “Proud Parents of Unvaccinated Children – Texas” Facebook page.
“I think it’s easy for us nonvaxxers to make assumptions but most of us have never and will never see one of theses diseases,” the self-identified nurse wrote, according to the screenshots. “[F]or the first time in my career I saw measles this week. Actually most of my coworkers and the ER docs saw measles for the first time as well. And honestly, it was rough. The kid was super sick. Sick enough to be admitted to the ICU and he looked miserable.
“By no means have I changed my vax stance, and I never will. But I just wanted to share my experience and how much worse it was than I expected,” she added.
She also said that the toddler had traveled to an area “where measles is very common.”
Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston reported on Monday that the nurse involved in the incident was no longer seeing patients.
“A patient treated at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus tested positive for measles. This is a highly-contagious, vaccine-preventable infection. We know vaccination is the best protection against measles,” the hospital told Houston ABC station KTRK Monday. “Our Infection Control and Prevention team immediately identified other children who may have come in contact with this patient to assess their risk and provide clinical recommendations. We have contacted all of those families.”
The nurse has not been identified.