Opposition to vaccines dates way, way back when Reverend Edmund Massey in England called them “diabolical operations” in his sermon in 1772. He thought they are “the dangerous and sinful practice of inoculation”, but even now, when we are well aware of how vaccines have contributed to decreasing the rates of common childhood diseases (and even wiped out some diseases), some people still think that they are bad.
Reddit user Twipzi recently posted a conversation they had with their anti-vaxx mom after he got vaccinated in school because he feared of suspension, and her meltdown looks absolutely ridiculous.
The teenage student even went on to share a photo of the immunization notice they received.
The best way to battle the anti-vaxx movement is by putting a strong emphasis on helping parents understand the facts and figures, help them develop trust in the health professionals, and even legislating or mandating vaccination.
The Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) does exactly that, and Ontario students attending school are required to have up-to-date immunizations against designated diseases. If the students fail to comply with this act, they will be suspended for a year.
This is what people had to say about this whole situation: