Anti-Vaxxers Should Read This Sign To See If They Can Answer One Question

"Not vaccinating your kids leaves them vulnerable to disease their whole lives."

Though some parents may still be debating whether or not to vaccinate their kids, scientific evidence shows vaccinations are a healthy preventative measure against diseases, and that they are not linked to autism or any other condition. To remind parents of this, one pediatrician is displaying a sign that asks parents who choose not to vaccinate their kids one very important question. 

In a post on Facebook, Sunni Mariah explains she was at her doctor's office when she noticed the sign, written by the Northern Rivers Vaccination Association, "a group of parents, locals, and health care providers trying to reduce the risk of preventable disease in our community." 

The sign reads:

"Not vaccinating your kids leaves them vulnerable to disease their whole lives. When your daughter gets rubella when pregnant, how are you going to explain that you chose to leave her at risk? What will you say when she calls you and tells you she has cervical cancer, because you decided that she wouldn't need the HPV vaccine? What do you tell your son when he breaks the news to you that he cannot have kids, thanks to the mumps that he got as a teenager? And what do you say when he gives influenza to his grandma?

Do you say sorry?" 

Mariah's post has since gone viral, with nearly 5,000 comments and 193,000 shares on Facebook. It is resonating with many as a reminder that there is still misinformation spread about vaccinations, causing some parents to choose not to vaccinate. It's important we dispel such myths. 

During National Immunization Awareness Month last year, for example, we covered 10 vaccination myths that had been debunked to put the questions to rest. Those debunked included the ideas that vaccinations cause autism, that homeopathy is an alternative to vaccines, and that vaccinations can cause sudden infant death syndrome (SIDs). 

We've also featured conversations with anti-vaxxers who've since decided to vaccinate their kids and are speaking out about the importance of others to do so. And just this week, senior high school student Taylor Sharp posted an epic Twitter thread with facts about vaccinations worth reading. 

So before making a decision about vaccinations, it's important to read up on the facts, debunk the myths, and consider all the consequences. 

Cover image by Billion Photos / Shutterstock

(H/T: Pop Sugar

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