Anti-vax mom gets all the advice she could possibly need about how to protect her unvaccinated kid from the measles
America is currently in the midst of a measles outbreak. It’s largely attributed to parents who refuse to vaccinate their kids, and while emotions around the topic run understandably high, the internet is finding humor in one mom’s request to protect her unvaccinated kid from the illness.
Yes, we’re shaking our heads too.
The mom took to a Natural Health Anti-Vaxx Community for some words of wisdom on how to stop her unvaccinated 3-year-old from catching measles as her state’s experiencing an outbreak. Some hero from the Richard Dawkins Foundation, a group geared toward “promoting scientific literacy and a secular worldview,” tweeted out her ridiculous question.
The internet answered.
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
“Any suggestions for precautions I can take to protect her would be very much appreciated,” she writes.
Cue all of our heads exploding.
Thankfully, we can laugh while we cry for the future of humanity, because Twitter came through with some brilliant replies.
Thoughts and prayers?— G.I. Joe 6-Pack (@gijoe6pack) January 29, 2019
Give the child up to some better parents.— raiseman1 (@friscoday) January 30, 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
Measles is not the biggest threat to your child. A parent who gets their medical advice from Facebook is.— Eddie McLaughlan (@emclaughlan) January 30, 2019
If we were to come up with an amazing new miracle drug that would stop measles in its tracks, I strongly suspect that this person would rebuke it as a 'big pharma' ploy and refuse to use it. Sadly, these folks are condemning their own children to a life of pain. On purpose.— Ohm_Boy (@Ohm_Boy) January 31, 2019
This dad summed up how most of us are feeling about this anti-vax epidemic.
As the father of a three year old, I’d like to offer up a hearty and sincer fuck you to the irresponsible, selfish, and incredibly stupid parents that have caused this measles outbreak.
— America’s Librarian (@HalpernAlex) January 29, 2019
Like, can we please get our collective shit together here?
Vaccinations don’t cause autism but even if they did I have autism & like I’d much rather have this than measles or polio
— /@/ (@LeftAtLondon) January 29, 2019
The thing is, measles were mostly eradicated — until some skeptics decided they knew better than medical science and turned what should be considered a matter of public health into a matter of personal choice. Let’s be clear — it’s totally not. Herd immunity is a thing, and while some anti-vaxxers love talking about their unvaccinated kids who never get sick, the reality is that herd immunity is probably the reason for their good health. But as recent measles outbreaks in Washington, California, and New York prove, that herd immunity won’t keep holding out as long as pockets of anti-vaxxers exist — and expand.
It’s easy to laugh at the idiocy of this mom asking how to protect her son when a pretty reliable form of prevention is located at her doctor’s office, but the mindset behind her decision is terrifying. As more parents make the “personal choice” to eschew vaccines, our society heads toward the scary place we were in before kids could be immunized against potentially deadly illnesses. Between 2016 and 2017 alone, there was a 30 percent increase in measles cases. That trend should disturb us all.
Bottom line, vaccinate your kids. Tell your friends. Have them tell their friends. Hopefully one day, we will return back to a place of sanity where parents decide that it’s cool to stop the spread of once eradicated diseases. Lives literally depend on it.