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Moms Goes On Ballistic Rant Against Anti-Vaxxers After 15-Day-Old Son Is Exposed To Measles

Clark Sparky 7 Feb 2019

Vaccinations, or the lack thereof, are a very hot topic these days. This new mom absolutely unloaded on the anti-vaxx community in a still-relevant post four years ago.

Exposure

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A new mom received a troubling phone call from the York Region Public Health office informing her that she, her mom, and her son may have been exposed to measles. Her son, Griffin, was just 15 days old at the time.

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Not Vaccinated

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The caller said the exposure happened at Griffin's pediatrician's office. The new mom and grandmother took the baby there for a two-week weigh-in.

I was informed that someone who later developed measles sat in the doctor’s waiting room between 1 hour before and 30 minutes before we arrived. I was also informed that measles is regarded as “airborne” and can stay in the air and on surfaces up to 2 hours after the infected person has left.

I was then asked if I had had the measles vaccine. I had.

Griffin. Griffin had not. Can not.

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Isolation

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She was told that they need to stay at home in isolation until it had been 21 days since their exposure:

I was advised to not be around small children. If I worked in such an environment I would be written off work. I do work in such an environment; my home. Where I now sit with Griffin and my 3 year old, Aurelia, who has only been able to get one MMR vaccine so far. She is now, technically, exposed too. We are to sit tight and watch for symptoms: fever, cough, runny nose. If we develop any of these we are to call my doctor and arrange to come in under official medical precautions.

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Angry As Hell

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The mom is "angry as hell," but not at the person in the waiting room. She's mad at the people who decide not to have their kids vaccinated:

I won’t get angry at or blame the person in the waiting room. I would have likely done the same thing...you get sick, you go to the doctor. I have no idea what their story is and I will never know. But I do know one thing:

If you have chosen to not vaccinate yourself or your child, I blame you.

I blame you.

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Blame The Anti-Vaxxers

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She then proceeds to go in on people who are anti-vaxxers:

Now, let’s unpack this shall we. All out on the table.

You have NO IDEA what this “potential outcome” means. NO IDEA. I do. Unfortunately, I do.

You think you are protecting your children from thimerosal? You aren’t. It’s not in their vaccine.

You think you are protecting them from autism? You aren’t. There is no, none, nada, nothing in science that proves this. If you want to use google instead of science to “prove me wrong” then I am happy to call you an imbecile as well as misinformed.

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She's Not Done

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Oh, but she isn't done. Not even close. No amount of dancing during a full moon or feeding kids organic dirt will help:

You think you are protecting them through extracts and homeopathy and positive thoughts and Laws of Attraction and dancing by candlelight on a full moon? You aren’t. I PROTECT YOUR CHILD. We protect your child. By being concerned world citizens who care about ourselves, our fellow man, and our most vulnerable. So we vaccinate ourselves and our children.

You think you are protecting them by letting them eat their shovel full of dirt and reducing antibiotics and eating organic? You aren’t. As an unvaccinated person you are only protected by our good graces. WE LET YOU BE SO PRIVILEGED thanks to our willingness to vaccinate ourselves and our children.

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Loss Of a Daughter

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Then she opens up about the death of her own child, which makes this whole thing so much more personal to her:

You know what vaccines protect your children from? Pain. Suffering. Irreparable harm. Death.

And you would be the first to line up if you had an inkling of what the death of a child feels like. You would be crawling through the streets on your hands and knees, begging, BEGGING to get that vaccine into your precious babies because that is what I would have done, if I could, to save my daughter.

The fact is, there was no vaccine for her. Not for her illness. And she died. She died at age five and a half, and she is gone.

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Don't You Dare

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She finishes her argument by challenging anti-vaxxers to admit that they wouldn't get a vaccination if they knew it would save their own dying child:

And I watch these arguments trotted out on Facebook and twitter citing false science and long discredited“studies” that just won’t stop and Jenny McCarthy quotes and “it’s MY choice” to not vaccinate...and I think...what would you have done if your child lay dying? Would you give them a scientifically proven, safe and effective vaccine and risk the minuscule likelihood of a side effect? Or would you let them go, knowing that at least they won’t develop autism (which they wouldn’t even develop anyway because SCIENCE)?

And don’t you DARE tell me that you wouldn’t vaccinate them then. Don’t you dare. You have no idea what it feels like to go through what we went through.

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Massive Support

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The post has been shared more than 607,000 times and the comments are overwhelming supportive of this mom, as they should be.

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An Idea

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This person in the comments has a plan for how to deal with anti-vaxxers:

This how I believe the government and society should handle the antivax situation. You have the right to not vaccinate. That's cool. But if you choose to exercise this right you lose the ability to access all social systems. No school, no hospital, no well fair, no food stamps, no right to mount a defense in the court system, no tax return, no access to local government infrastructure, no parks, no license, no access to roads, no 911 services. No access to any local government, State or federal government subsidizes aspect of our wourld. You should be issued a phone that can only call the CDC so when you decide you can't live like that you call them , they come out and give all your shots. And only after they concluded you aren't carrying and illness that could spread to the public, THEN and only then do you get to join the real world.

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Manslaughter

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Another commenter wonders why this wouldn't qualify as a crime:

Why isn't this manslaughter? Do anti vaxxers not realize that their child can potentially kill another child? This is ridiculous. Vaccinate your kids! I have a mild form of autism, but am college educated, work full time, am independent, and guess what...I'm vaccinated!

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Their Own Community

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Maybe we should create a community far away from all other humans just for anti-vaxxers:

I think we need to create a walled community of anti-vaxxers at least 100 miles from the nearest town where they can live but not be able to leave unless they and their kids get vaccinated.

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