Vaccinations are a routine part of growing up in the modern world. Thanks to medical advancements, some of the most deadly diseases in human history have been eradicated, and, provided that vaccination programmes are followed, they are unlikely to make a comeback.
Despite this, many people believe that vaccinations are actually causing more harm than good. Taking their information from the internet and cherry picking from studies, they make the dangerous decision of preventing their children from getting potentially life-saving shots.
Check out the video below where Jimmy Kimmel gloriously destroys anti-vaxers:
Since the anti-vax movement has grown in popularity, a number of deadly diseases like measles have even made a comeback in the US.
Speaking about the danger this poses, Jason McDonald, a spokesperson for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said, “If you are unvaccinated and you come in contact with measles, there’s a 90% chance you will get it.”
Anti-vaxers try to pass on their problematic views to their children, attempting to teach them that they are not being vaccinated with their peers for good reason, but when one teenager decided to go against her anti-vax mom, she reacted in the most unbelievable way possible.
“I apologize in advance. I need a place to vent,” the anti-vax mom wrote. “I just saw my daughter’s after visit summary from the doctor. She is 19. She can make her own decisions, I realize that. Yet I’m so incredibly disappointed right now. Six vaccines after everything I’ve tried to teach her.”
While acknowledging that her daughter was capable of making a decision about her health for herself, she publically scorned her on Facebook for having the audacity to go against her wishes, and the shocking chain of messages it inspired has now gone viral.
Usually, when teenagers disappoint their parents it’s because they have engaged in dangerous behavior of some sort – like smoking or drinking alcohol. For most reasonable people, taking a professional’s advice about their health does not fall into this category.
But this mom was convinced that her daughter’s decision to get vaccinated was as bad as her coming home and saying she’d fallen pregnant to her jobless short-term boyfriend.
Instead of pointing out how ridiculous her reaction was, and perhaps comforting her with proven medical information, this woman’s friends encouraged her lunacy by validating her decision to be so upset that her daughter had gotten vaccinated.
The only reasonable explanation for the commenter who claimed that the doctor who vaccinated the 19-year-old was “a little” insane is that they are a doctor themselves with a Ph.D. from Harvard – although we know this probably isn’t the case.
Statistically, adverse reactions to vaccines are mild, and in the unlikely event that they do occur, a mild rash is a small price to pay in exchange for immunity to a disease which could potentially end your life.
Many people who are rightfully against anti-vaxers reduce the debate to those who believe in science and those who don’t. However, speak to any anti-vaxer, and they will most likely produce a significant amount of evidence which seemingly backs up their claims.
When examined in greater detail, it’s clear that this “evidence” is selectively reported and relies heavily on pitting a small number of severe adverse reactions against the greater number of positives which come from eradicating a major disease like measles.
Vaccinations work by introducing a small and harmless amount of bacteria to a person’s immune system so that they can build up a resistance to it. Once this occurs, if they are exposed again to the bacterium in the future, they will not be able to contract a major disease.
In the US, only 0.7 percent of children received no vaccinations in 2013, according to the National Immunization Survey.
As it stands, two-thirds of American adults believe that vaccinations should be mandatory, but a growing number believe that it is a choice which should be given to a child’s parents, a Pew Research Center survey conducted in 2015 revealed.
The mom who incited this unbelievable Facebook thread might have mostly been given the sympathy she desired, but one of the anti-vaxers who saw her post actually had the audacity to suggest that it would be a good thing if her daughter experienced an adverse reaction.
We can only live in the hope that this anti-vax mom eventually sees the light and realizes that her daughter did nothing wrong.