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10 People Ruining Perfectly Good Someecards With Anti-Vax BS

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If you’ve never been on the Internet before, just know that it is a wild, weird place. I guess it’s reflective of the world at large. Online, it’s hard to separate the bad from the good. There is the wonderful freedom to express any opinion you wish—no matter how strange, absurd, or just plain wrong it is. There is also the vast amount of reliable, well-researched text available in the age of information. I can find out almost anything I want to know in seconds, as well as quite a few things I wish I could un-see.

Even an innocent site like Pinterest isn’t free from the Internet crazies. I was just browsing along when I found these “gems,” a.k.a. super-aggressive e-cards that continue to support anti-vaccination propaganda. I can only assume that Jenny McCarthy is very busy defending her poor Twitter reputation, so she probably wasn’t responsible for this pile of BS. My next best guess would be that it is the work of Kristin Cavallari’s assistant or the rest of the anti-vax brigade with a lot of time to kill.

These ridiculous e-cards are something you have to see to believe. Maybe you are like me, and you give the rest of the world the benefit of the doubt. If that’s the case, your jaw is definitely going to drop when you read the nonsense that is being spewed via cute e-card on social media to support the anti-vax movement.

1. Sorry, Doc, you may have gone to med school, but you’re still a dummy.

vax12. Like diamonds, vaccinations are forever…

vax23. Anyone who vaccinates deserves a roundhouse kick to the face.

vax34. See, Dad, I use the Internet too!

vax45. Yes, watching your baby get shots is way tougher than watching him die of disease.

vax56. All the kids are doing it!

vax67. Hooray, anecdotes are better than science!

vax78. Maybe it’s the other way around.

vax89. When in doubt, ask a baby.

vax910. And the number one anti-vax argument… If it doesn’t affect my kids, it doesn’t matter.

vax12

BONUS: It’s totes up to you if you want to fight fire with fire because it’s an uphill battle in the vaccination war. But if you just can’t take it anymore, post this response to social media:

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(Image: Pinterest; someecards)

157 Comments

    • Bethany Ramos

      April 3, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      So much this!

  1. Eve Vawter

    April 3, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    the fucking worst ever.

  2. Maria Guido

    April 3, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I guess these people don’t understand that eecards are supposed to be funny.

  3. Kelly

    April 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    LOL @ “You can vaccinate at any time.” Um, no, you can’t. Once you’re sick it’s too late to vaccinate.

  4. Blahblah

    April 3, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    I once got into a giant Facebook war with an antivaxxer. I had evidence against every one of his claims. He then tried to use a big vocabulary to prove how much smarter he was than me. I shot that down, too. In the end, he just said his wife would have to come and show me their research since he magically couldn’t find any of it.

    • AugustW

      April 3, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      I lost a friend over a FB vaccine argument. His final statement was how disappointed he was that “mommyhood” had made me hide behind the lies of vaccines. Asshole.

    • Kat

      April 4, 2014 at 11:51 am

      People like that can never “find it right now.”

      But don’t worry, they’ll give it to you “later.”

  5. ctpdenver

    April 3, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Jenny McCarthy should be publicly flailed. Also, I want to create one that says “Look, Dad! No serious study has ever linked vaccines to Autism”

    • ctpdenver

      April 3, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      🙂

    • Kelly

      April 3, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      I fully support a public flogging of Jenny McCarthy.

    • ctpdenver

      April 3, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      I bet we could attract quite a crowd.

    • noodlestein

      April 3, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      I bet if we charged money to see it, we could donate the oodles of cash to vaccine research!

    • MellyG

      April 3, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      so it seems she’s dating Donnie Whalberg. And i have to admit, I adore Marky Mark, which has led me to watching “Wahlbergers”. They showed the introduction of Jenny to Mama Wahlberg, who seems very no nonesense and logical. She had NO idea who Jenny was, no clue – so i’m wondering if Donnie is all “maybe no one will tell ma about jenny and vaccines” because i get the impression she’d NOT approve of her son’s girlfriend after that. Or at least, i kind of hope so because i love her. I fully think she’d be the one leading the McCarthy flogging if she knew!

    • AlexMMR

      April 3, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      It’s so ironic that she’s so against vaccines, and yet is now a spokesman for e-cigarettes. No mention of the fact that real cigarettes are poison, no, her entire sales pitch is “now I can still poison myself but without the bad breath!”

    • G.S.

      April 3, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      Yeah, but has anyone ever tried to sue the cigarette companies for causing Auti-WHOOPS, I MEAN, “did a study” that found a link between smoking and Autism?! Seriously, dropping dead from lung cancer is a WAY better option. Seriously, light the kids up, it’s all good!

    • Kat

      April 4, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Poison with only one poison instead of a jazillion!

  6. ctpdenver

    April 3, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Also, on #10, do these people know that some people can’t be vaccinated. RAGE STROKE. That is all.

    • Kelly

      April 3, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      No, they don’t know that. They don’t know much. If they were intelligent, knowledgable people, they wouldn’t have made any of these e-cards.

    • ctpdenver

      April 3, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      There really ought to be an intelligence for using the internet.

  7. Calichick

    April 3, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Said a good friend: just because you pushed a baby out of your vagina does not mean a PhD came with it.

    • sandra richter

      April 3, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      Awesome.

    • ctpdenver

      April 3, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Or an M.D. Of course, that wouldn’t matter cause all the doctors are out to get babies.

    • MerlePerle

      April 3, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      Can I keep calling myself a chef and a chaffeur, though? I do have a driver’s license and a nice set of pots and pans…

  8. EmmaFromÉire

    April 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    I’m a scientist. So seeing these dumb as fuck Darwin-award-in-the-making assholes infuriates me. Vaccinate your fucking kid because the world doesn’t revolve around you, it’s a decision that affects EVERYONE.

    • MellyG

      April 3, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      don’t you know, your science degrees mean NOTHING – it’s all a conspiracy against mommies and you don’t RALLY Know until you pop out kids. Then you get ALL the degrees. At least, that seems to be what the anti-vaxxers i know think

  9. RayneofCastamere

    April 3, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    To the uneducated germ breeder who wrote number ten, because it affects babies too young to be vaccinated as well as children who can’t be vaccinated for ACTUAL MEDICAL REASONS. You friggin idiot.

    • JLH1986

      April 3, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      Logic…you has it!

      Unfortunately they don’t.

    • RayneofCastamere

      April 3, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      Because logic takes research beyond a ten second Google search. And doing real research takes, like, effort and reading books and articles with big words and big words are scary and you might have to, heaven forbid, get a dictionary!

    • JLH1986

      April 4, 2014 at 8:19 am

      What is this dictionary you speak of?

  10. Elisabeth TheQueen Smith

    April 3, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I don’t trust some people to sit the correct way on a toilet seat, much less advise me OVER FACEBOOK on whether or not to give my child vaccines. I’ll just discuss that important issue with my doctor, not with the girl who has 93784392423 selfies of herself and HAPPENED to have a baby too

    • ctpdenver

      April 3, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      Now THAT would be an article – a summary of medical advice on Facebook. Don’t vax, cilantro will make you healthy, eating peach pits prevents cancer, etc.

    • Shannon

      April 3, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      Whoa, don’t let my husband know that fact about cilantro. He’ll never leave me alone if he hears that.

    • ctpdenver

      April 3, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      Ha! I saw that on a nut’s facebook page the other day and had to immediately send it to all the people I know that passionately hate cilantro

    • Elizabeth Licata

      April 3, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      My friend insists sunblock is unhealthy because the sun is natural and nothing natural can be bad. Both of my parents have had skin cancer, so I’m going to keep slathering on my SPF50. She’s also convinced dairy is poison.

    • MellyG

      April 3, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      really? REALLY? Is she THAT dumb? Snakes are natural too, but i’m not going to sleep with them……or scorpions. Nothing natural can be bad? Is she really for real?

    • MissDelish

      April 3, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      Peanuts are natural. Arsenic is natural. Snake venom is natural.

    • whiteroses

      April 4, 2014 at 12:44 am

      Cyanide is natural, black widow spiders…. all this stuff too.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wy_TB6onHVE

    • Oz

      April 3, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      Isn’t dairy natural…?

    • Kat

      April 4, 2014 at 11:49 am

      What.

      I don’t. I can’t even.

    • MellyG

      April 3, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      I’m sure this doesn’t apply to ALL, but it seems that the anti-vaxxers i know tend to be the ones that have like zero education, but i’m supposed to trust them over doctors? Like one friend from high school, barely graduated, no college, etc – but she shot out some kids and is now an expert on all things health? Moreso than people who have devoted their life to studying science Yea…..no.

    • JJ

      April 3, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      The chick on my facebook who is anti vax is also a total nature lover anti chemical nut job who despite studying science in school for years thinks nature will “cure” everything. Gun shot wound? f*** surgery someone get some organic leaves and tea tree oil on that gaping wound LOL Baby has a fever? Don’t take them to a hospital you can cure it with a visit to your local natural doctor who only uses ingredients from earth.

      If mother nature is so great why is there a lot of deadly plants and animals in it? You can die if you eat the wrong mushrooms or break out in severe rashes and breathing issues if the plant rubs on you. Nature is all wonderful and mighty my butt.

    • AugustW

      April 3, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      I do believe in some of that…like if it’s a mild fever it’s better to kept gem have it because it’s their immune system working. And I’m not a fan of antibiotics unless they really need it. For colds, my daughter has never had anything but saline and nose sucker. But i work in the medical field so when she needs it, she gets it.

    • Pappy

      April 6, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Ginger is great for my upset tummy. Chamomile helps me sleep. They can be useful, for minor complaints. But, yeah, there’s a point where you need the ebil kemikals. Aloe Vera and oatmeal just made my eczema worse. I need my Uremol and Psoriacin!

    • Jenna Lynn C.

      April 5, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      My cousin is the same way. Her 5 month old had an ear infection and instead of giving him “dangerous chemicals,” she covered him in essential oils. Then 5 days later she wondered why it was only getting worse.

    • Pappy

      April 6, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      I hate these people so much. My grandmother died last year from stage 4 brain cancer. It made me sick to watch her idiot husband piss away thousands of dollars on a homeopath who did nothing but sell her false hope as she was slowly dying.

      I didn’t even realize how bad it was until her husband let it slip that the doctor warned them that she had a less than 5% chance of living for another five years. So, the doctors told them the ugly, painful truth while the homeopathic shysters lied and told them that their oh-so-pricey snake oil would extend her lifespan. Guess what, you expletives? Organic kale and essential oils will not do shit to cure STAGE 4 TUMORS.
      There are not enough fires in the entire world for those con artists to burn in.

    • JJ

      April 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      But omg they have a facebook degree in medicine don’t you know! They studied at google university where they searched crazy paranoid anti government websites full of articles talking about how evil vaccines are. Why would we trust doctors when paranoid hippie mom on facebook knows because of intuition that vaccines are sooo wrong and bad.

  11. Iwill Findu

    April 3, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    #5 Heck yes I love when my kid get their vaccines because at the very lest I’m doing what I can to protect them from idiots. Plus my kid hardly cries at her 6 month shot she cried for like 5 seconds before the doctor came back in the room to talk about some other stuff with us, and then she was all smiles again. So I don’t know why people think they’re so painful.

    • Kelly

      April 3, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      I almost died of measles as an infant. I loved it when my son got his vaccinations because I knew he wouldn’t have to go through that hell and neither would I.

    • shorty_RN

      April 3, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      I saw one antivaxxer on a facebook thread try to make the argument that “Measles used to be a common childhood disease. It’s really not that bad!” Ugh. *slamsheadontokeyboard*

    • MellyG

      April 3, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      did you bang her head on the table? please?

    • shorty_RN

      April 3, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      If I could’ve reached through the computer screen, I probably would have. Or at least shaken my finger at her angrily, lol.

    • ctpdenver

      April 3, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      I have heard that about whooping cough as well. Nope, no baby ever died from either of these. Why, they’re practically the common cold!

    • Kelly

      April 3, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      Yeah, but kids used to die from common childhood diseases. In just my own family I know of several aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. who died as children of diseases that we vaccinate against today.

      I don’t understand how these people are so clueless. They have no knowledge of pretty recent history when it comes to disease… How is that possible? Where the hell do these people come from? Ugh, I’m with you. *slamsheadontokeyboard*

    • JLH1986

      April 3, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      They are of the “I doesn’t impact me so I don’t care” mindset.

    • Kelly

      April 3, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      But it can impact them just like it can impact everyone else, that’s the sad part. It would be like me saying, “Well I’ve never known anyone who was hit by a car so tra la la, I will dance into the street without looking for traffic.”

      Yeah, I could get lucky and be fine or I could get hit by a car, or even a bus because those are reasonable consequences of dancing into the street without looking. Just like getting a disease is a reasonable consequence of not being vaccinated. Their “logic” just doesn’t make any sense.

    • AE Vorro

      April 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Yes. This! Just ask anyone who remembers the fear of polio before the vaccine and had friends who were permanently crippled by it whether they think vaccinations are necessary. Not to mention the fact that one of the richest and most powerful men in the world (FDR) was crippled by polio (dude went to bed feeling sick and woke up paralyzed, for reals), it was no small disease. Why wouldn’t we work to eliminate it?!

    • ChickenKira

      April 4, 2014 at 1:58 am

      But some of these are really recent. My brother just turned 21 this week, he was hospitalised at 3 years old, only a few years before the varicella vaccine was added to the national childhood immunisation scheme in Australia with the chickenpox. He had them on his eyelids, so he couldn’t open his eyes, in his ears, on his lips and in his mouth so he couldn’t eat, it was awful.

      My case was very mild, so I could easily play the “oh it’s a nothing illness” card, but obviously it doesn’t work that way for every child. Personally, I don’t want to take the risk that my child is the one who will be like my brother, or worse.

    • C.J.

      April 3, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      People still use that one with the chicken pox. My godson that had a stroke caused from the chicken pox doesn’t think “it’s really not that bad”. These people drive me crazy!

    • shorty_RN

      April 3, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      I breathed such a sigh of relief when my son got his first vaccines. And mine only cries for a few minutes. It’s not that bad, people!

    • MellyG

      April 3, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      I’m terrified of needles, i’ve been known to scream and pass out as a grown woman over shots. I don’t know why – i’m pretty tough when it comes to other pain. Still, i’d take the shot over the disease. If parents are worried the shot is too painful, shouldn’t they worry the DISEASE is too painful

    • Kendra

      April 3, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      I actually agree with #5 in the sense that I find it horrible to have to do. I hate when my baby gets shots because I hate needles and I hate shots and she cries and it blows. BUT it is necessary, so I don’t hate them in that sense. I guess it just depends on how the writer of #5 meant it.

    • MellyG

      April 3, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      I’m sure my mother felt the same – necessary, but i bet she dreaded it. I was a drama queen. Learned to control it, but it’s still awful.

      I finally had a nurse explain that, at least for drawing blood (not sure if it’s the same for shots) that i have oddly small veins. Like so small she called the pediatric nurse to assist. So that MIGHT explain my strong aversion to syringes. Or maybe i’m just dramatic, lol

    • Kendra

      April 3, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      I am a fainter when it comes to needles, so anytime there will be needles involved, I have ridiculous anxiety for an entire day about it. So, yes, I hate the process itself. However, I am very glad that we have the ability to prevent diseases that wiped out some of our ancestors.

    • MellyG

      April 3, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      i’m a fainter too *high five*. I also always seem to have really poor reactions to shots, not so bad that i would prefer the awful disease, just bad enough to make me think ‘well this sucks” – my last MMR jab,i couldn’t move my arm for 48 hours. I”m an odd bird – i’d still take that over GETTING MMR though

    • Kendra

      April 3, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      Hooray to a fellow fainter!!! Most of the nurses look at me like I am the worst when I tell them I faint. I thought I must be the only adult who can’t handle anything. Hahaha. I don’t really have reactions. I just get into my head. I’m a total head case.

    • MellyG

      April 3, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      You’re not the only one! I’m ok with needles, i have 3 tattoos, it’s the syringe, the taking something out of or putting something into my body. It makes me queasy. I can’t even watch it on movies or tv, especially if it’s people doing it to themselves, like a trainspotting or basketball diaries. At least i know i would never really be into heroin!

      and i haven’t passed out in a few blood draws – i think i found a trick. First, you need a sympathetic nurse, hopefully one with experience in pediatrics. Then, tell the nurse you’re a fainter, ask for her to distract you. I’m a talker, so i find if the nurse talks to me, and i look away and never SEE The needle, things go a lot better for everyone!

    • Kendra

      April 3, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Oh yeah, I have a full out system. I haven’t actually fainted in a long time. I’ve come close, but I know when to lay down now. It took a few years to figure it out though. I always tell them to talk about anything other than what they are doing, and I never ever look!!

    • keelhaulrose

      April 3, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      I once had a friend say she didn’t want to vaccinate because she couldn’t stand the thought of the doctor jabbing her widdle pwecious with needles.
      My response: Do you want to know what your kid is going to be jabbed with if they come down with some of these diseases?

    • Kendra

      April 3, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      I really do hate it. I feel badly for her because she doesn’t understand why someone is jabbing her with needles. I hate it because I have really horrible anxiety the entire day of the appointment (especially for blood draw day…I almost fainted just going to the appt). I am the worst when it comes to needles. But, when you’re a parent, it is your job to suck up your fears and anxieties, and step up to the plate to protect your child.

    • keelhaulrose

      April 3, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      I’m with you when it comes to needles. I nearly cried when they came to put an IV in me when I was in the hospital giving birth and my husband hadn’t gotten there yet. I couldn’t even watch my girls get shots for a while. But I’m working on it for their sake. I still tense up and feel a little faint when there’s a shot around me, though.

    • MellyG

      April 3, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      the three of us need a shot fainter support group, lol

      also, i’ve never had an IV, and to me that’s scarier than the actual birthing process

    • Kendra

      April 3, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      Dude, I totally said the same thing before I went into labor. I was terrified of the IV more than anything else. Once I was in labor, it was no big thing. I don’t even remember it, that is how little it bothered me.

    • Kat

      April 4, 2014 at 11:59 am

      I actually complained about my IV while pushing, but then, that’s how well my epidural worked that time.

      The other times, psh. What needle?

    • Kendra

      April 3, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      I actually did fabulous in labor. I think there was just enough distraction so it didn’t bother me. I don’t think I will ever completely overcome my faint tendencies but I’m just hoping to try to teach my daughter, that even though it’s intimidating or scary, it’s important and we have to be brave!

    • MellyG

      April 3, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      my mother has NO issues with needles or IVs, NONE. which is good, she recently had to have a chemo port thing (not cancer, but still had chemo treatment) – she was like “no big thing” – i got queasy sitting with her.

      So when i was little she’d just be all ” oh it’s not that bad, suck it up” – which wasn’t helpful, because to me, it WAS that bad!

    • Kendra

      April 3, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      My parents are both not great with these things, but much better than I am. I got the “you just need to stop. you’re doing it to yourself. it’s all in your head” speech. Yes, I am aware it is in my head. However, I do not have the ability to shut this shit down.

    • MellyG

      April 3, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      exactly! And when kids are younger, they’re really not fully aware of what it means to be in their head, so that’s not super helpful!

    • SusannahJoy

      April 3, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      I hate changing my kids poopy diaper too, that doesn’t mean that I just refuse to do it. Sometimes being a parent means doing things you don’t want to do.

    • Iwill Findu

      April 3, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      I’m not going to feel bad about doing the best thing for my daughter. I mean I get how other people could feel bad, but a baby is never going to understand and make these choices for themselves, I mean even when I was as old at 12 I was still trying to talk my mother into not making me get what ever shot I needed, it’s unpleasant. Sometimes life sucks even when your life is eat, sleep, cuddles and play. Maybe knowing what a champ my daughter is when it comes to needles means I’ve stopped thinking twice and getting emotional about it.

    • RayneofCastamere

      April 3, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      I am dead terrified of needles, but I am even more terrified by the return of deadly diseases that should by all rights have been eliminated long ago. So, I accept my vaccines with a mix of dread and relief and gratitude.

      It doesn’t even hurt that much and it’s a necessity, no matter what some morons think, but I still freak…

    • keelhaulrose

      April 3, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      My younger daughter didn’t cry getting her vaccines, but she did give the doctor a look worthy of a Batman villain.

    • ChickenKira

      April 4, 2014 at 1:53 am

      Mine cried more at her 6month vaccinates when they took the tube of rotavirus away from her then she did when she had the actual shots.

      I was confused for a moment there, but the nurse told me that the oral rotavirus vaccine tastes like honey, and I can eat honey by the jar so I guess she takes after me with that one.

  12. Robotic Socks

    April 3, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Vaxxers, it looks like TIME is on your side

    http://time.com/46914/vaccine-opponents-wrong/

  13. Mystik Spiral

    April 3, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    #2: It may be too late to vaccinate after your child dies from smallpox.

    Just keep your fucking hands off my e-cards, crazies…

  14. Lee

    April 3, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I want to die of a vaccine preventable disease. Said no baby ever.

    • Guest

      April 3, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    • keelhaulrose

      April 3, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      Here you go.

      Edit: Let’s try this again…

    • Lee

      April 3, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Thanks!

  15. shorty_RN

    April 3, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    #10. Ugh. My son is up to date on all of his vaccines, but he is too young to receive the MMR. With the current measles outbreaks, their unvaccinated child is VERY MUCH a threat to my vaccinated one. Assholes.

    • Iwill Findu

      April 3, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      It’s like they think that as soon as a baby is born they get every vaccine out there all before they leave the hospital.

    • keelhaulrose

      April 3, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      I thought they jabbed the baby in the head as soon it crowns… I learn something new every day.

    • AugustW

      April 3, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      My father had all his vaccinations, but cancer and chemo made his immune system very weak. So those unvaccinated kids were very much a threat to him as well.

    • C.J.

      April 3, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      I worry about that with my mother too, cancer sucks.

    • MellyG

      April 3, 2014 at 11:27 pm

      My mother doesn’t have cancer, but has ITP, which is an autoimmune, and she’s had chemo treatments for it, and has no spleen. So, she’s up to date on vaccinations, but i doubt they’d do any good. I swear if she gets measles i’m going after some of these anti vaxxers myself

    • Sarah

      April 3, 2014 at 11:29 pm

      I’ll join you. My grandfather has a very weak immune system, and it scares me to death to think he may get sick and die because of idiots who don’t want to vax their kids.

    • C.J.

      April 3, 2014 at 11:37 pm

      That sucks too. They don’t realize they can kill people with their stupidity.

    • Kat

      April 4, 2014 at 11:43 am

      Right! What’s the argument here? I don’t even know.

      Note: This is a real question. Someone explain?

  16. Elizabeth

    April 3, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Ugh, does anyone else think that “said no ____ ever!” is one of the more annoying snarky joke formats? Grrrr.

    • ChickenKira

      April 4, 2014 at 2:12 am

      Agreed.
      Also I’m always standing there going “But I said that, crap.”

  17. MellyG

    April 3, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    I really believe the problem is that our generation is the first to really not SEE some of these diseases first hand. Our parents and grandparents SAW how bad things like MMR, Polio, etc were. But now parents are like ‘oooh, scary side effects, i don’t believe my snowflake can get measles” or something

    The stupid and lack of logic just hurts.

    also, why trust doctors and their medical training when mommies always know best? *rolls eyes*

    • keelhaulrose

      April 3, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      My mom had polio when she was a little girl.
      There’s two photo albums in my family you don’t get to see until you’re old and mature enough.
      The first is my grandfather’s book of cases he worked on (he was a Chicago homicide detective)
      The other is the one that documents her struggle to stay alive, then walk. It includes friends she met in the hospital, some of whom didn’t make it (no pics of bodies in this one, but a couple of children in iron lungs).
      I wish I could show that second book to every anti-vaxxer and ask if they’re willing to risk that for their stupidity.

    • shorty_RN

      April 3, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      I’ve taken care of patients who were permanently disabled by polio. I think some of them should go around and give talks to groups of antivaxxers.

    • MellyG

      April 3, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      that is an awesome idea

    • MellyG

      April 3, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      aw your poor mom. and things like that SHOULD be published, so that anti-vaxers know this isn’t some freaking joke, like “oooh, no chance my special snowflake can get disease, their immunity is SOOO awesome” *smh*

      and don’t you know your mom lucked out – i mean, since something like autism would have been MUCH worse than polio!

    • keelhaulrose

      April 3, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      My daughter has autism. I’d take that any freaking day of the week over what I’ve seen in that book. At least polio is preventable.

    • MellyG

      April 3, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      have you told the anti-vaxxers that polio is worse? I mean, are you SURE autism isn’t an awful death sentence?

      I often wonder if anti-vaxxers (even following their vaccinations cause autism logic, which, ya know, isn’t logic) know kids with autism? Or KNOW what things like polio are?

      I can only assume they really really don’t fully understand either

    • keelhaulrose

      April 3, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      I seem to have driven off all my anti-vaxxer friends for some reason. Now I sadly must limit my responses to the occasional page where one pops up, but I must be going to websites full of smart people, because I’m not seeing many around the sites, either.

    • MellyG

      April 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      also, on a side note – i’ve been pleasantly surprised that, in doing a lot of research on ASD for my family, there are a LOT Of adults on the spectrum that are like “hey antivaxxers, STFU”

    • billy bob

      August 26, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      It’s good to know you are happy that your kid has autism..all thanks to your stupidity…..vaccinate….suffer the consequences!

    • keelhaulrose

      August 26, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      My daughter was showing signs of autism before we vaccinated, but nice try, dumb ass. Good thing the scientific community has proven you stupid and gullible time and time again.

    • Lackadaisical

      August 27, 2014 at 8:58 am

      No, that really isn’t why anyone gets autism, and even if it were the consequences of many of the diseases we vaccinate are far worse than autism. Verbally attacking a mother through her children is low

    • C.J.

      April 3, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      Nobody should ever have to own a book like that again. I just don’t get people that think vaccinations are worse than disease.

    • C.J.

      April 3, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      They will wait until we are seeing massive epidemics before they will get a clue.

  18. Frannie

    April 3, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I have nothing to add, but can I just say I love all of you?

  19. Emily A.

    April 3, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    My kid was an early talker, but still wouldn’t have been able to say #9 when she was a baby.

    • ctpdenver

      April 3, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      And of course, babies should be making all decisions. Sheesh, half the time they throw a fit if you so much as try to change their diaper.

    • emilya

      April 3, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      i feel like this is a good time to have the “my child is crying because” meme loaded on your nearest device. oh you think your child is crying because it doesn’t want the vaccines that may some day save its life? well here is a child crying because he put himself in time out, didn’t want to wear blue socks, etc.

      also babies are babies- that’s why as adults, you are in charge of them. #9 makes me majorly ragey.

    • ctpdenver

      April 3, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Seriously. My baby is crying because the dog hides from her. My baby is crying because I won’t let him play with knives. My baby is crying because he begged for a hot dog and then threw it up on my head (that really happened and HE cried).

    • MellyG

      April 3, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      ok, that made me snort

  20. shorty_RN

    April 3, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Sometimes, I like to find comfort in the words of Neil DeGrasse Tyson:

    • CMJ

      April 3, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Such a stud.

    • Joye77

      April 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      Cosmos has made me his biggest fan!

  21. Tara

    April 3, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I just love when babies get vaccinations! Said by me. I’m always so nervous about my babies being around all the crazy non-vaxxers until they are properly protected.

  22. Colleen Machine

    April 3, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Well, if it’s on an e-card, then it must be true!

  23. SusannahJoy

    April 3, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I think number 10 irritates me the most, partly because I keep seeing it everywhere. Yeah, my kid isn’t going to get sick. But I’m not a heartless monster, so if your kid dies from a preventable disease I get sad. Because compassion and empathy and all that.

  24. Ashlea Phenicie

    April 3, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    It actually WOULD effect my kids if another parent did not vaccinate theirs. By not vaccinating, they allow the virus a place to live and mutate. Eventually it will mutate enough that the vaccine will not protect against the new strain that was developed in un-vaccinated kids. Herd immunity people. Look it up. Since you’re “soooooo good at reasearching.”

    • MellyG

      April 3, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      This is what i don’t get, the anti-vaxx people have done “SOOO much research” but it’s like they don’t even know how vaccines work or what herd immunity is.

    • C.J.

      April 3, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      Research only counts if you find it on google and it says exactly what you want it to say. It also must never come from scientists or doctors because those people don’t know what they are talking about.

    • C.J.

      April 3, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      Research only counts if you find it on google and it says exactly what you want it to say. It also must never come from scientists or doctors because those people don’t know what they are talking about.

    • MellyG

      April 3, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      I always forget scientists and doctors are out to get us, and never know as much as mommies. ever.

    • C.J.

      April 3, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Of coarse only mommies that do research are the smartest people ever.

  25. My2bits

    April 3, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    I get really annoyed with anything that ends with “said no (insert some random group here) ever.”

  26. Samantha Escobar

    April 3, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    My least favorite thing is when people make memes that are not remotely funny and are just…opinions.

  27. E.w. Modemac

    April 3, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Blatant plug for the most awesomest anti-antivax meme group on teh Intertubes: http://www.facebook.com/RtAVM

  28. JJ

    April 3, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    I love when people suffered horribly and died of Polio, Measles, mumps and other curable disease’s in past generations, said no one ever because they all died when they lived in an era with no access to vaccinations.

    See I can make my own e card too. I call it the Darwinism your children series.

    I love watching my child suffer with a high fever, breathing issues and possibly risk death because I won’t take them to get vaccinations at my family doctor, said no parent ever.

    I love spreading illness that we once cured onto a whole new generation of people who have been given no choice since birth to get vaccines because mommy and daddy (who are vaccinated btw) decided jr wasn’t good enough for vaccines, said no parent ever.

  29. NotCinderell

    April 3, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Re: #2, you can leave a child vulnerable to disease, but when your kid dies from measles, you can’t go back and “un-measles” them. The logic of this presupposes that there’s no risk to not vaccinating.

  30. Ashley

    April 3, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    I actually think it’s hilarious when my toddler gets vaccinations. She doesn’t even really notice the shot, she just wants to play with the nurse. So technically, I guess mine would say “I totally think it’s funny when my daughter gets vaccinated!” said this one parent once. Plus, I don’t want my kid to come down with some random measles shit so yup, shots for us, and we rejoice after each one.

  31. whiteroses

    April 4, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Here are the top ten things about anti-vaxxers that piss me off, in no particular order:
    1) The ableism. I dare you to walk up to me, in person, and tell me that my son who may very well be on the autism spectrum doesn’t deserve to live. I dare you.
    2) “It wouldn’t matter if your kid died- survival of the fittest.” You know what that’s called? Eugenics. Didn’t work so well for Hitler.
    3) “It’s my parenting decision!” Definitely. Because measles is localized and will only ever affect you.
    4) “I’m not going to inject chemicals into my baby!” Everything’s a chemical. Water is a freaking chemical.
    5) “My pediatrician supports me! Her patients are healthy!” Great. Sources? Testimonials? Where did your pediatrician graduate from medical school, and what are their credentials?
    6) “I did my research!” Reading biased websites in no way equates to an actual medical degree. I don’t care if the website is from Harvard.
    7) “She hates getting shots!” This is neither the first nor the last time you will have to do something your child hates that’s in her best interest. It’s called being a parent.
    8) “I only care about my family.” Best of luck to you. I hope you never meet someone who feels the same way.
    9) “These diseases aren’t so bad.” Then feel free to take your unvaccinated child to Angola for a week. Then come back and talk to me.
    10) “Herd immunity/efficacy of vaccines is a myth” Well, no, the fact that most of us here in the first world have never had smallpox proves that untrue.

    • ImTheNana

      April 4, 2014 at 6:44 am

      5) And where is his office located so we can avoid him.

    • whiteroses

      April 4, 2014 at 10:34 am

      I know, right?

  32. ChickenKira

    April 4, 2014 at 1:50 am

    Well apparently I’m queen bitch mum because #5, I do love when my baby gets vaccines. It means that she is being protected against diseases that have killed/severely deformed people in the past, and I do love that.

    Better hand in my parent badge, because I’m no parent ever.

  33. ImTheNana

    April 4, 2014 at 6:41 am

    My head hurts now.

    Too. Much. Stupid.

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    April 4, 2014 at 7:35 am

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  35. ScienceGeek

    April 4, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    In regards to #10, ‘Why would my unvaccinated child be a threat to your vaccinated child if you’re so sure they work?’
    Anyone who makes this claim is utterly short-sighted, and it has absolutely nothing to do with herd immunity. An unvaccinated child is a threat to every member of a person’s family, from their vaccinated child to their grandma who celebrated when the polio vaccine came out.
    Every hospital runs at 100% capacity. During winter, that can rise to 110%. If you’ve ever sat in Emergency for hours, or heard the phrase ‘I’m afraid we don’t have any available beds’, you’ll know what I mean.
    An outbreak of any disease will completely overload a hospital to the point where they’re simply not going to have the resources to treat any new patients, regardless of their problem. So your kid gets a completely unrelated infection or your mother is having chest pains, but when you get to the hospital you’re only going to hear something like ‘We’re so sorry, but we don’t have any doctors available, you’re going to have to go somewhere else’. Only it will be the same story at every hospital, because they are ALL overloaded.
    Now imagine you hear that because of a disease that was completely preventable, but somebody read on the internet that they shouldn’t take that action. Or worse, in the process of driving to another hospital, your mother has a full-blown heart attack, or your kid’s temp gets so high they start convulsing.
    Un-accinated kids are a threat. Wait, that’s unfair. This is why parents who don’t vaccinate their children are a threat.

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