People Can’t Stop Trolling Anti-Vaxxers With 30 Memes

Why are people choosing not to vaccinate their kids? There is no definitive answer to this, but in today’s post-truth world, where misinformation and distrust of politicians and the media runs high, perhaps this is one area where people can feel that their personal choices matter. Opting out of vaccines may feel to some like a way of reasserting control over their family and their health, perhaps they find it easier to trust a misguided friend on social media than some distant politician who may or may not be on the payroll of ‘big pharma.’

Either way, the anti-vax movement is a dangerous trend, one that we here at Viralinside are doing our best to highlight. With the battle for truth mainly fought online these days, it’s only natural that memes have become a potent weapon. Easily shareable, concise, humorous and savage, they are perfect fodder for the “TL-DR” generation and have become a common way to ‘mock’ anti-vaxxers into modifying their behavior. Whether it works or not is another discussion, as we have seen in the past, people who feel under attack for their beliefs often double-down and solidify them in response. This is part of the reason why we have the least qualified President in the history of the United States, and political paralysis in the U.K.

Another thing to take into consideration with these memes is that they often carry an undercurrent of sexism with them; the target is more often than not the ‘Anti-Vax Mom.’ This mom is portrayed as dumb and naive, clutching her essential oils and clean-eating regime, obsessed with her kids and suspicious of anything that isn’t ‘organic.’ Presumably, all the dads in this scenario are ambivalent toward vaccinations, keeping quiet in the background while his shrill, unbearable wife makes a public spectacle of herself. Where are you all, Anti-Vax Dads?

No matter where you sit on this particular debate, the memes we’ve collected below will give you a guilty chuckle. Dark, clever and merciless, they make their point loud and clear. But will they change anyone’s minds? Only time will tell.

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The measles virus could, in theory, be killed off completely if we got our act together. Because humans are the only carriers of the virus and we have an effective vaccine, if we manage to vaccinate enough people, particularly in the developing world, the disease could soon be eradicated.

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However, as we know, the anti-vax movement is proving to be a sticking point, one that is threatening to derail the progress made in developed countries.

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The scary thing about measles is that it’s so easy to transmit. As an airborne virus, it can be passed along through tiny droplets from the nose and mouth, and can survive for up to two hours on surfaces that have been coughed and sneezed upon. Because the symptoms don’t appear for up to four days, a person can unknowingly walk around infecting people before they even know they have the virus. One person can quite easily transmit measles to up to 20 people before getting symptoms, which means that an un-immunized population faces a huge risk if an outbreak occurs. This is why it’s so important to get vaccinated! Measles was officially eliminated in the U.S. but has been allowed to make a comeback, mainly due to lax laws and the rise of the anti-vax movement. Have fun browsing these memes but remember, this is a serious issue so do your research.
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