“Not vaccinating your kids leaves them vulnerable to disease their whole lives.”
“New sign at my Dr’s office is throwing some serious shade vaccinateyourkids,” it would go viral. But that’s exactly what’s happened, and people are both cheering and chastising the message.
Dr. Heap is “an intensive care specialist who works in the Northern Rivers region of NSW” and who “in her spare time, politely and respectfully does her best to correct misinformation put out by ‘professional anti-vaxxers,’” reports MSN. While Dr. Heap “admits the tone of her words is a bit different to the ‘polite and respectful’ tone generally used by the Northern Rivers Vaccination Supporters,” she also believes education and prevention are at the forefront of her work.
Mariah’s post has since gone viral, with nearly 5,000 comments and 193,000 shares on Facebook. It is resonating with many as a reminder that there is still misinformation spread about vaccinations, causing some parents to choose not to vaccinate. It’s important we dispel such myths.
During National Immunization Awareness Month last year, for example, we covered 10 vaccination myths that had been debunked to put the questions to rest. Those debunked included the ideas that vaccinations cause autism, that homeopathy is an alternative to vaccines, and that vaccinations can cause sudden infant death syndrome (SIDs).