Oh, anti-vaxxers. Where would we be today without them, except for much safer from preventable life-threatening diseases?
The anti-vaxxer seems to feel most at home on social media, where he or she can spread blatant falsehoods through memes. It’s there, though, that they routinely get roasted by people who disagree with their misinformed views.
On May 13, pediatrician Chad Hayes posted an article about the HPV vaccine on his website and tweeted a link to it. He also wrote a thread laying out some of the steps that he’s taken to improve the rate of HPV vaccination in his practice.
He’d only gotten to the first step (“Check vaccination status at every adolescent visit”) when someone replied to him, ”
How much do you get paid for each HPV vaccine?— Jet.Pak (@JetPak6) May 14, 2019
The troll wrote, “How much do you get paid for each HPV vaccine?” And the doctor’s response was a total burn: “Less than the florist gets paid for the flowers at the funeral for someone who dies from HPV-related cancer.”
Less than the florist gets paid for the flowers at the funeral for someone who dies from HPV-related cancer.
— Chad Hayes, MD (@chadhayesmd) May 14, 2019
People on Twitter loved Dr. Hayes’ answer to the troll.
There he is! pic.twitter.com/1zcRhQGqu9
— Katherine Charles (@kt_charles) May 14, 2019
But Jetpak6 wasn’t done. He wrote back to the doctor, claiming that the vaccine has sterilized and paralyzed people. There is absolutely no evidence of this.
Perfect. Many girls are on fire from this vaccine. Sterile, paralyzed, yet keep pushing it. Idiots!! Let’s make vaccines for ingrown toe nails. Look at how sick our kids are people. Sickest in the world! Highest vaccinations in the world! WTF up
— Jet.Pak (@JetPak6) May 14, 2019
A few Twitter users took the time to respond to his assertion.
It’s not enough that “somebody on Twitter” says vaccines are bad because somebody got sick from them.
I’m sure “somebody on Twitter” says prayer is the best cure for cancer.
Let’s not listen to “somebody on Twitter” any more.
— Kjell K. Williams (@KjellWilliams) May 14, 2019
That is fundamentally not true.
— dad reflex champion (@dadreflexchamp) May 14, 2019
i like the part where you’re uneducated but you talk anyway
— cinnamontoastumali (@umalicruz__) May 14, 2019
You can’t be a real person can you? Cuz no one can be that stupid
— MetsFan113 (@MFan113) May 14, 2019
The whole exchange ended up on Reddit, in the subreddit called “Murdered By Words.” The commenters there shed some more light on how it works with doctors and vaccines.
The responses illustrate that being a doctor isn’t all about money. I wish I could say that responses like the one Dr. Hayes’ gave to the Twitter troll would change their minds, but I don’t think it works that way. But maybe someone will find a way someday to get through to these anti-vaxxers who are making the country dangerous for so many people who can’t get vaccinated.
On the positive side, though, there’s this:
Definitely a step in the right direction.