My Conversation With An Anti-Vaxxer

Normally I never get sucked into the comment wars on Facebook. I usually read them but never write anything myself.

The trolls got me this time.

I happened to be looking through the comments on an anti-vaccination thread. In these threads, people never link to any legitimate scientific sources to back up their arguments. It just so happened that one woman did attempt to back up her anti-vaccination beliefs by providing a link to an FDA document that she says provides "pretty incriminating evidence AGAINST vaccine safety". Stunned by seeing a link to a credible source, I decided to read this document to see if her claims were justified. Below is the exchange that took place.

I wasn't able to catch a screenshot of the next comment Theresa made, but it went something like "Go look up any of the hundreds of Vaccine Information Sheets on the FDA's site and you will see that vaccines cause death, autism, etc..."

When I checked back later, Theresa had deleted all of her comments and her Facebook account as well.

I have exactly 0 issues with people/parents questioning vaccines. I do have an issue with people advocating against them without any data to back up those claims. Such misinformation can have real, negative impacts on peoples health.

For those interested in a quick overview of vaccine herd immunity and the studies done on the link between MMR and autism (spoiler: there isn't one) check out these two YouTube videos by Dr. Aaron Carroll, MD.