Woman grows up to reject parents’ anti-vaxxer belief, shares viral pic of shot record

Posted on Jun 6, 2019 in Vaccines

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A woman shared her first and only immunization record after her parents shunned childhood vaccinations.

The Redditor headlined the photo: “My parents denied me vaccinations as a child. Today, I was finally able to take my health into my own hands!”

The viral posting has 174,000 upvotes and more than 5,600 comments.

The post evoked heaps of praise.

“Thank you for doing this!” wrote one poster. “I have autoimmune disorders that make my vaccinations pretty much useless, and herd immunity allows me to survive without fearing these preventable diseases.”

MightBeAProblem

Thank you for doing this! I have autoimmune disorders that make my vaccinations pretty much useless, and herd immunity allows me to survive without fearing these preventable diseases.

My parents denied me vaccinations as a child. Today, I was finally able to take my health into my own hands!

 

Wrote another: “Thank you for caring about the rest of humanity and congratulations on getting vaccinated. I hope the shots didn’t hurt too much and that you don’t have any crummy side effects.”

barcaloco

Thank you for caring about the rest of humanity and congratulations on getting vaccinated. I hope the shots didn’t hurt too much and that you don’t have any crummy side effects.

My parents denied me vaccinations as a child. Today, I was finally able to take my health into my own hands!

The Redditor said that after three shots in each arm during a single visit, she was relaxing at home with her cat and playing video games. But she felt flu-like, with muscle aches and twitching.

Her records show she received vaccines for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, tetanus, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), chickenpox and human papillomavirus (HPV).

 

  1. ToddmanHorseboy

    Oh no! That sounds terrible. 🙁 Are you okay now?

    All of my muscles hurt a little bit, but my back (along my spine) is the worst. It feels like I can’t relax the muscles/sort of bruised. They are also twitching. My head is hurting, too. It feels kind of like the flu, I guess.

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My parents denied me vaccinations as a child. Today, I was finally able to take my health into my own hands!

But she’s heard from haters, too

The woman, who InVerse interviewed and identified as being in her mid-20s, said in her post that she had been “getting a lot of pretty mean messages.” There were several posts that implied her immunization record was nothing more than an advertisement for the pharmaceutical industry.

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My parents denied me vaccinations as a child. Today, I was finally able to take my health into my own hands!

This poster cautioned readers that science is often fallible.

Interzone0

Y’all would be arguing cigarettes are safe 60 years ago because some scientists said they were safe. People are so gullible. Its truly amazing.

The science for vaccine safety is not nearly as robust and comprehensive as you’ve been made to believe.

You think the scientists that Monsanto was paying didn’t have an agenda? You think scientists don’t cherry pick data to appease their funders? Lol…you guys treat science and scientists like they are infallible. It’s so ignorant and naive.

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My parents denied me vaccinations as a child. Today, I was finally able to take my health into my own hands!

The woman uses the handle ToddmanHorseboy, a reference to the TV show “BoJack Horseman.”

When asked by Redditors why her parents didn’t vaccinate her, the woman said her parents listed three reasons: “Autism,” “you don’t know what’s in them” and “against my religion.”

Other adult commenters on Reddit asked how she went about getting vaccinated, saying they, too, were considering being immunized.

The woman told InVerse, who chose to keep her identity private, that she hopes the viral post will encourage others to investigate their own choices.

 

Article from USA Today |Sonja Haller, USA TODAY Published 5:52 p.m. ET Jan. 6, 2019