Last week, I wrote that almost all of the kids in the current measles outbreak were not vaccinated. My post of it on the ‘A Science Enthusiast’ Facebook page got over 4000 shares, which apparently included more than a few shares into anti-vaxxer groups.
What I found most interesting about these people was that, despite including a link directly to the Clark County, Washington Department of Public Health’s website (which verified my claim that almost every single child wasn’t vaccinated), many of the anti-vaxxers insisted that I was lying and had it completely backwards.
How was I lying? Who the hell knows. They sure didn’t, because they never explained why.
But the fact remains – almost every single child involved in the current Measles outbreak did not receive the goddamn Measles vaccine.
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As of this writing, only one single child received one single dose of the MMR vaccine (there are two doses – one at a year old or just a little after, the other between ages four and six years old). The vaccination status of six of the kids is currently unknown.
One out of forty-nine.
So that’s why, as of this moment, we can say that almost every single child involved in the current measles outbreak were not vaccinated.
Because they weren’t.
A fan sent this screencap of my article being shared into an anti-vaxxer group:
This is perfect. It shows that we’re being effective in our message. This is how you counter bad ideas. You replace them with good ideas. You get people to think about their own thinking, and to question themselves.
Like I’ve said before, I’m normally not in the business of telling people what to do or think. I’m just saying it would be wonderful if anyone reading this joined an anti-vaxxer group and shared pro-vaccine articles that are based in evidence and reason.
And while you’re in there, take a look around. The comments in these anti-vaxxer groups are mind-bottling.
It’s like their minds are trapped in a bottle.
There is no logic to it. They simply say “nuh uh” and deny reality. That’s why I say the anti-vaxxer movement is a religion – they completely disregard facts and reality in favor of their own personal beliefs.
I also can’t help but notice that this person asked for others to research the statistics… that I included in the original post, though.
So I ask you – is it *not* obvious enough that these are links to their website? I don’t get it.
So to eliminate any and all possible confusion, this text right here (what you’re reading right now) is not only a link to the Dept of Public Health’s website, but below this very long hyperlink is also a screenshot showing that the information I am sharing is correct.
I’m really trying to not be condescending, but apparently I wasn’t clear enough in my post last week. So here’s a screenshot I took directly from their website. If you don’t believe me click this link (or even this one).
And just for fun, here is another link to the same website. You know, in case it wasn’t clear enough the first go-around.
Are we good now? All on the same page? Great.
But honestly, who am I kidding? We all know that anti-vaxxers didn’t bother to read the last article, just like they won’t click on this article. But, as exampled above, we need to keep saying it and keep trying – because it’s working, and eventually the message is going to get through to someone.