People are perfectly destroying this anti-vax argument by using its own logic against it
If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Anti-vaccinators are still not coming around to solid, evidence-based facts on the importance of vaccination so people are hopping onto their team – kinda. Internet users are destroying arguments against vaccination by using an anti-vaxer’s own logic to prove their point. Many, many snaps to everyone who is brilliantly shutting down some very nonsensical thinking.
It all started when an anti-vaxxer posted a meme that read: “If you mixed mercury, aluminum phosphate, ammonium sulfate, and formaldehyde with VIRUSES then got a syringe and INJECTED it into your child you would be ARRESTED and sent to JAIL for child endangerment and abuse. Then WHY is it legal for [a] doctor to do it? And WHY would you let them? Educate yourself. Re-think vaccines.”
Hmmm. Funny you should mention that. People took this anti-vaxxer’s argument and turned it completely on its head. My personal favorite: “If you burst into the bedroom of a child you didn’t know wielding an AXE, then FORCIBLY TOOK the child out of bed and carried them outside the house you would be ARRESTED and sent to JAIL for the assault and kidnapping of a child. Then WHY is it legal for a firefighter to do it? and WHY would you let them.”
Please take some time to enjoy a few other ways that people completely destroyed this anti-vaxer’s argument (with buses and cars and planes, oh my!)
This is not the first time that someone from the anti-vaccination camp was very articulately shutdown by the internet. Last week, a mom took to a Facebook group called “Natural Health Anti-Vaxx Community” and asked for some help. “My 3-year-old is not vaccinated and there is currently a measles outbreak in my state. Any suggestions for precautions I can take to protect her would be very much appreciated,” she wrote.
Can anyone guess how this person could protect their child from the measles? pic.twitter.com/l07KClnUWv
— Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science (@rdfrs) January 29, 2019
Insert additional face palm here. The internet did indeed have some (non-serious) suggestions. Multiple people recommended essential oils. One person offered thoughts and prayers. And many noted that there is a foolproof way to protect her daughter from measles – and it starts with a V and ends with N.
Thoughts and prayers?— G.I. Joe 6-Pack (@gijoe6pack) January 29, 2019
If only there existed some kind of medicine to protect children from getting such illnesses. A vaccination if you will...— Robert Hastings (@robhastingsCPP) January 29, 2019
All essential oil jokes aside, measles outbreaks were up by thirty percent between 2016 and 2017 alone which is a scary, scary leap. “Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus,” the CDC noted. “Measles can be prevented with MMR vaccine. The vaccine protects against three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella…The MMR vaccine is very safe and effective.”
*Sigh.* Here’s hoping that these cold, hard, scientific facts get through to some people, at some point soon.