For most parents, protecting their children with the modern magic of vaccines makes perfect sense. But for the thousands of parents who have been swept up in the anti-vaccination movement, vaccines are dangerous, life-threatening products that they’re determined to avoid — and make sure you avoid, too.
A study in the American Academy of Pediatrics found that pediatricians who encountered anti-vaxxer parents grew from 74.5 percent to 87 percent between 2006 and 2013. But what makes these three moms special is what they did after joining the anti-vaxxer movement: they changed their minds. Now, they’re vaccinating their kids and speaking out about how important it is for all parents follow in their footsteps.
One anti-vaxxer mom of five kids got seriously burned by a comment in response to her statement that she didn’t vaccinate her kids because of her religious beliefs. In a Facebook post, the unidentified woman wrote, “I have 5 children and they will never be vaccinated. They are protected by Jesus for I know faith helps you walk the righteous path. The same people that tell me to vaccinate are the same people telling me that god did not masterfully craft this planet.”
And one of the commenters wrote, “They can die like Jesus with a rusty nail.” Wow. Harsh but true. Unvaccinated kids can easily get tetanus from stepping on a rusty nail.
There’s nothing funny about the argument against vaccines, or about parents who don’t keep their kids safe from disease by vaccinating them. But when people won’t listen to reason and facts, sometimes you just have to drag them a bit.