February 01, 2019

Mother of unvaccinated kid breaks the Internet with a question on how to protect from measles

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A mother's post in an anti-vaxxer's group on Facebook went viral as critics began trolling her. 

One mother, whose name and location have been withheld from the public, asked in a Facebook anti-vaxxer's group how she could protect her toddler from a measles outbreak. 

She wrote: “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.”

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With the country in the middle of a public health emergency, other parents didn't respond as she anticipated.

The group is private but screenshots of the post were widely shared, and some of the suggestions were downright hilarious. 

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One user snidely suggested that the mother post about it on Facebook because it is a more reliable source than a medical doctor. 

Another pointed out that the mother is already way beyond the point of taking precautions and suggested she doesn't "get too attached to that child." 

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A third suggested that the mother build a wall around her toddler and make vaccinated people pay for it. He concluded with, "sending my thoughts and prayers."

Perhaps a bit too dark, one said: Unvaccinated children are like dark humor, they never get old. More comments can be viewed here. 

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A growing measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest has infected 36 people since the New Year. New York has it far worse, with more than 200 reported cases. 

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease warned that the outbreaks "are due to the anti-vaccine movent."   

Dr. Fauci said that while anti-vaxxer parents should not be denigrated for having concerns for their children, science has proven that vaccines are not dangerous but life-saving.

He added: "The overwhelming scientific evidence over many years and decades indicate that the vaccine, particularly the measles vaccine is very safe."

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