With Washington currently under a state of emergency due to the measles outbreak, one anti-vaxx mom took to social media for advice on how to keep her daughter safe. And as the debate between anti-vaxxers and the rest of the country continues to heat up, people had a lot of thoughts.
“My 3-year-old is not vaccinated and there is currently a measles outbreak in my state,” the mom posted in a private Facebook group called “Vaccine Education Network: Natural Health Anti-Vaxx Community.”
She went on to say, “Any suggestions for precautions I can take to protect her would be very much appreciated.” So far, there are 36 confirmed cases of the infectious disease in Washington, where the woman lives.
After her post was shared on Twitter, many people are responding with the most obvious advice: get vaccinated. One user wrote, “If only there existed some kind of medicine to protect children from getting such illnesses. A vaccination if you will…”
Another said, “Invent a time machine, go back in time and knock the stupidity out of your head, realise that vaccination is important, give your child proper vaccinations.”
Others also pointed out the dangers of the anti-vaxx movement. “Potential consequence of one unvaccinated child = many children die and many more suffer lifelong complications of a preventable virus,” one person responded.
— Jon Christian (@Jon_Christian) January 27, 2019
Even medical professionals are chiming in on the age-old debate, taking a pro-vaccination stance. “Have you ever witnessed someone die of measles? I have. It’s particularly deadly in adults… Please vaccinate your kids,” tweeted one doctor.
While many of the responses to the mom’s post were mocking, the vaccination of children is a serious issue, especially in today’s world. Recently, the World Health Organization even deemed the refusal to vaccinate one of the top 10 global health risks.