Social Media is the center of the world in the current decade. Many trends pop up every once in a while, and usually they are pretty wild. The recent social media trend of “Anti-Vax Parents” has blown up and brought us many memes and jokes. Anti-Vaccination Parents are parents who are against getting their children vaccinated for deadly illnesses such as polio and measles because they believe it is life-threatening or unhealthy.
The continuous yet morbid joke is that the children of anti-vax parents will not live very long. There are actual cases of children who have died due to their parents not getting them vaccinated. There are also rumors of teens sneaking out to the doctor to get vaccinated because their parents will not let them.
The origin of this interesting claim is from a discredited doctor named Andrew Wakefield. In 1992, he was the lead author of a research paper saying that there was a connection between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine with autism. After the paper was published, no other researchers were able to find any connection between vaccines and autism to confirm his hypothesis. Wakefield still continues to defend his claims and in 2015 he publicly repeated the claims.
He refused to back down from his assertions even though—as stated by a British Administrative Court Justice—"There is now no respectable body of opinion which supports Dr. Wakefield's hypothesis, that MMR vaccine and autism are causally linked"
Even though Wakefield’s claims have been disproven many times, some parents still believe that vaccines make children more susceptible to other health issues. This has led to society ridiculing these people and presenting them as illogical.
Also, GoFundMe, a website where people can donate to causes posted by various people, has banned anti-vaxx campaigns. This goes to show just how humored these Anti-Vaxx people are in the eyes of everyone else.
On top of that, a 4-year-old boy died of the flu. The boy may or may not have been vaccinated, but by chance, he got very sick. After his death, his mother found several awful comments from anti-vaxxers saying she had let her son die or that she was lying about the whole thing. Apparently, this has happened to mothers everywhere, and anti-vaxxers attacked a large majority of them online. A mother of a 2-year-old boy, who also died of the flu, was also attacked. She has been promoting vaccines and making people wary of illnesses ever since.
She says "I know that these people are really trying to hurt me, and I understand that the reason they're doing it is because they want me to stop."