While acknowledging that her daughter was capable of making a decision about her health for herself, she publically scorned her on Facebook for having the audacity to go against her wishes, and the shocking chain of messages it inspired has now gone viral.
Usually, when teenagers disappoint their parents it’s because they have engaged in dangerous behavior of some sort – like smoking or drinking alcohol. For most reasonable people, taking a professional’s advice about their health does not fall into this category.
But this mom was convinced that her daughter’s decision to get vaccinated was as bad as her coming home and saying she’d fallen pregnant to her jobless short-term boyfriend.
Instead of pointing out how ridiculous her reaction was, and perhaps comforting her with proven medical information, this woman’s friends encouraged her lunacy by validating her decision to be so upset that her daughter had gotten vaccinated.
The only reasonable explanation for the commenter who claimed that the doctor who vaccinated the 19-year-old was “a little” insane is that they are a doctor themselves with a Ph.D. from Harvard – although we know this probably isn’t the case.
Statistically, adverse reactions to vaccines are mild, and in the unlikely event that they do occur, a mild rash is a small price to pay in exchange for immunity to a disease which could potentially end your life.
Many people who are rightfully against anti-vaxers reduce the debate to those who believe in science and those who don’t. However, speak to any anti-vaxer, and they will most likely produce a significant amount of evidence which seemingly backs up their claims.
When examined in greater detail, it’s clear that this “evidence” is selectively reported and relies heavily on pitting a small number of severe adverse reactions against the greater number of positives which come from eradicating a major disease like measles.
Vaccinations work by introducing a small and harmless amount of bacteria to a person’s immune system so that they can build up a resistance to it. Once this occurs, if they are exposed again to the bacterium in the future, they will not be able to contract a major disease.
In the US, only 0.7 percent of children received no vaccinations in 2013, according to the National Immunization Survey.