At this point, it’s common knowledge that vaccines haven’t been linked with autism. Doctors have checked and checked again, but nothing credible has ever come up.
Still, there are people who identify as ‘anti-vaxxers’ and decline to vaccinate their children. Now, in a packed Reddit thread, those peoples’ children have a few things to say about it.
Check out stories from 30 children of anti-vaxxers, who each feel quite different from their parents!
One redditor always thought they had been vaccinated—until their employer discovered otherwise.
This person’s mother had a different answer to the ‘get vaccinated for my baby’ ultimatum.
There’s an anti-vaccination film called ‘Vaxxed’ (made by an ex-doctor whose license was revoked), and these redditors are NOT about it.
We had our first child at the very beginning of the year and had to tell my father that since he won’t get vaccinated, he won’t be able to see his grandbaby until the baby gets their shots.
The baby had their first round of shots a few months ago, and my father can now visit. It pained me to do that, and I know it pained him, but I was not putting my child at risk for his choice.
This last weekend we visited my father. At the end of the visit, he handed me Vaxxed.
He knows our feelings on the matter – preventable diseases should be prevented, herd immunity protects those most at risk, autism is not caused by vaccines.
It’s just… disrespectful.
I know he thinks he’s trying to protect his grandson from harm, but it’s coming from the completely wrong direction, and no one can seem to change his opinion on the matter. –humplick
More often than not, anti-vaxxer parents are trying to protect their kids—until they realize where the real danger is.
My mum didn’t get the measles vaccination because at the time she thought it caused autism; she was kinda one of the first anti-vaxxers, wrote to papers about it everything.
Anyway, a girl in our social group caught meningitis and died, basically freakishly uncommon.
After that, mum was really scared the same thing could happen to me with any disease and basically begged me to get up to date with my shots.
I guess the main takeaway is that when my mum was younger and inexperienced, she thought everything was a danger; she honestly thought she was doing best by me, I guess. –bellend_bellend
This redditor’s mother eventually turned it around herself!
Sometimes understanding takes a while, and now this redditor needs all their shots together.
My parents were very against it.
Never particularly vocal about it, but growing up, my schools would organize mass vaccinations for all the kids (MMR, etc.) and I was always mysteriously off sick those days.
My school never noticed, and I was always pretty happy as I have a terrible phobia of needles and never really understood the health implications.
I’ve never had any health problems, but I’ve had partners weirded out by it. I was dating one guy who didn’t want to go near me once he found out I hadn’t had any vaccinations. That felt odd.
Last year there was a measles outbreak at my university, and I was very nervous about it.
Called my parents for advice and their response? “Go get the vaccine.”
I’m guessing their opinions have changed over the years, but they’re too proud to say outright that maybe they were wrong and their children’s health could now be at risk.
About time I got the rest of them done! –1742587
This redditor’s mother was not only anti-vaccination, but anti-doctor altogether. It resulted in a medical emergency.
My mother is just plain crazy when it comes to medical topics, and thinks that hospitals and doctors only want your money.
So I was never vaccinated. For a little insight into the craziness, when I was 14, I was a breath away from dying from a burst appendix.
My mother refused to take me to the hospital despite the pain.
It was only when I started urinating blood that my father said he was taking me to the hospital. I was in and out of consciousness while he carried me to the car.
My mom physically fought him as he carried me.
I was medevaced to a larger hospital and had emergency surgery. The doctor told me in recovery that the infection was spreading to other organs, and my body was starting to shut down.
If it had been a couple of hours or more, it would have been too late.
Fast forward four years later when I joined the Army…the gauntlet of shots I received to get all the vaccinations was something else.
I literally walked almost naked down a row with multiple medical staff on each side poking me with needles everywhere as I was told to keep walking forward and not stop.
I am 35 now and feel just as healthy now as I did as a kid.
Never had any other issues except for a hernia from strenuous exercise. Vaccinations do more good than harm. –Kukulcan83
Lack of vaccination lead to a terrible bout of whooping cough for this redditor—and four siblings!
My parents used to not vaccinate me or any of my four siblings, but when I was like three years old me, and my siblings all came down with whooping cough.
It scarred my lungs, and I have yellow stains on my teeth because the high fevers cooked my adult teeth inside my head. My parents vaccinated us after that.
I am not and have never been mad or spiteful toward my parents for not vaccinating me.
They were just naive, and doing what they thought was best for my siblings and me. –Volcano_gurl
Herd immunity is the key to ridding ourselves of dangerous contagious diseases.
Here’s how one redditor put it to their anti-vaxxer grandpa:
One redditor can’t even visit the in-laws.