There’s no vaccination for pig-headed stubbornness and self-destructive arrogance. That’s a bummer because the world would be paradise if we were all able to leave our shells and explore different opinions to ours.
The anti-vaxxer community is so wrapped up in denying the reality that innocent children are put at risk. Case in point, one woman named Price raged hard when internet user Kenleigh_ posted a school sign saying that only kids with proven immunization records will be enrolled in one New Mexico institution. Price didn’t want to hear anyone’s opinion but her own.
Someone shared this sign about needing to immunize your kids before they can be enrolled in school
An anti-vaxxer named Price was triggered by the post and was quick to reply
Imgur user zoezimmm shared the interaction online, and it went viral. The post was viewed more than 107,000 times and got more than 3,000 upvotes (and rising)! Also, over 440 people found the post so intriguing, they just couldn’t help but leave a comment.
The anti-vaxxer was not prepared to listen to reason
Folks on Facebook tried to help Price realize she was making a mistake by not vaccinating her children when she stated she’ll homeschool them. However, the anti-vaccination zealot Price was sure she was 100% right. According to her, she was better off homeschooling her kids anyway because schools were, apparently, places where teachers “beat up” children, and where bullying and shootings happen.
Price also juggled several conspiracy theories. What story about anti-vaxxers is complete without those? For example, Price argued (without any proof) that immunizing kids against chickenpox allegedly gives them shingles. Meanwhile, one of Price’s relatives stated that vaccinations are linked to the rise of autism, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), and other disorders.
The claim that immunizations ‘cause’ autism is one of the favorite slogans of anti-vaxxers everywhere. It’s also entirely wrong. Rumors spread after a paper was published in 1998, allegedly linking the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine to autism. The researchers and their conclusions were utterly discredited.
Medical News Today emphasizes that vaccines do not cause autism, and refers to a very recent “large-scale” Danish study. In particular, the study looked at possible links between the MMR vaccine and autism in “at-risk individuals.” Scientists had access to data on 657,461 children, of which 6,517 were diagnosed with autism within 10 years. Researchers then “compared autism rates in children who had received the MMR vaccination and compared them against children who had not had the jab.” There was no increased threat of getting autism when vaccination. No surprises there.
Reading about anti-vaxxers brings a certain satisfaction. Probably because it serves as a benchmark for how _not_ to live your life. So if you’re still in the mood for some more of Bored Panda’s content about people who hate immunizations, check out the following posts. Here’s an article (by yours truly) about how people responded to a woman wearing a ‘Jesus wasn’t vaccinated’ T-shirt. And here’s a list of the most entertaining responses to anti-vaxxers. Enjoy!
People on the internet had a lot to say about the anti-vaxxer movement