With one photo, Mark Zuckerberg uses his fame to tell the world exactly what he thinks of vaccines.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but Mark Zuckerberg’s picture said a whole lot more. With just one picture of an adorable baby, and five words, he made a huge medical statement to parents everywhere.
On the outside it looks like just a dad showing off his daughter in a doctor’s office, but do you realize what the great Zuck said?
VACCINATIONS ARE IMPORTANT.
Everyone from pediatricians to parents commented on the photo congratulating and applauding him on his decision to vaccinate his daughter, Max. The majority of comments – over 50,000 in just 16 hours – praised him for his decision to take care of his daughter’s health and the health of everyone around her.
He didn’t have to say anything about why he and his daughter were at the doctor. He could have just said, “Hey everyone, check out the most incredible onesie my little girl is wearing!” But he didn’t. He used his gigantic self-made platform to tell a gazillion and a half people where he stands on such a controversial issue. And do you know why Zuckerberg is vaccinating his child?
Over the past several decades, there’s been an anti-vax movement and all it’s done is wreak a hell of a lot of havoc on the health of our families. Parents aren’t vaccinating their kids which mean their kids can both contract and spread diseases that were once practically eradicated. For example, thanks to the measles vaccination being introduced in the 1960s, the disease had been deemed eliminated. In 2015, though, it had the starring role in one of the biggest health-related news stories in recent years due to an outbreak at Disneyland. Patients ranged in age from seven months to 70 years old and the majority of those affected hadn’t received the measles vaccines. A quarter of those who were diagnosed with the disease had to be hospitalized and it’s all because they hadn’t gotten a fricken shot or, more importantly, denied their children from getting the shot.
I’m not a doctor. I don’t like needles or cadavers so it wasn’t my calling. But there are a lot of people who are doctors. They go to school for years and years and go into debt and more debt and learn a ton of stuff that most of us would find a dull, dry bore, but they use what they learn to save lives and keep people healthy and fix people when they’re broken. Even though we have the omniscient Google and can find a million different conspiracy theorists spouting off about how vaccinations are going to morph our children into boil-ridden dragons, we should take our medical advice from medical professionals.
It turns out that Zuckerberg agrees. By using his power and high level of public visibility, he chose to take a stand and shed light on a controversial topic that shouldn’t be controversial at all. So thank you, Mark, for using your power for good. Now, can we please get a “Dislike” button?