Anti-vaxxers' children find clever ways to get vaccinated despite parents' beliefs
Antivaxxers' children are going against their parents and getting vaccinated behind their backs. They've found some creative ways to get their shots.
Even though medicine has developed in leaps and bounds over the years, skepticism is still rife. In 2019 there are still plenty of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children against life-threatening diseases.
Anti-vaxxers often subject their children to their odd views that vaccines are essentially poison. The consequences can be devastating and many of the children are starting to break away from their parent's ideology.
Public health officials in the US state of Washington recently announced an outbreak of measles. Their attempts to contain the outbreak has been made more difficult due to the low vaccination rate within the area of the measles outbreak.
Clark County public health director, Dr. Alan Melnick, discussed the dangers of misinformation that is spread across social media sites. He says many are misled to think that vaccinations lead to the development of developmental disorders such as autism.
Though that ideology has been debunked, many still spread the claims. However, a new - and more positive- trend has risen as the children of anti-vaxxer's are taking a stand of their own.
Many were horrified when they discovered they had not been vaccinated. To remedy their situation, many found creative and clever ways to get the correct shots.
One girl took to Twitter to tell her story. She claimed her mother told her that she "vaccinated" her against whooping cough with homeopathy.
"I was *horrified* and asked my dad and he said he took me (and siblings) to get vaccinated without telling her," added @limertilly on Twitter.
Another was forced to turn to Reddit forums for information on how to protect themselves against potentially fatal illnesses. For another, she only realized she was not vaccinated when she got severely ill.
@camillabluejay tweeted, "I got whooping cough because I wasn't aware my parents never fully vaccinated me. It was awful. Good on your father."
One desperate 15-year-old boy from Minnesota sought out legal advice. He took to a forum to ask about the legal consequences of faking his mother’s signature on a vaccination consent form writing:
"I am writing because I am the 15-year-old son of an anti-vaccine parent. I have spent the last 4 years trying to convince my mother that vaccines are safe. I haven’t succeeded. So instead I am trying to research how to be vaccinated without my mother’s consent."