WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An anti-vaccine group who called themselves ‘CrazyMothers’ has asked the media to stop referring to them as “anti-vaxxers,” saying it is ‘highly offensive.’
- Instead, the group would prefer to be called “vaccine risk aware.”
- The post triggered a wave of ridicule from Twitter users suggesting alternative labels, including “plague enthusiasts,” “pro-disease” and “patient zero.”
An anti-vaccine group who called themselves ‘CrazyMothers’ has asked the media on Sunday to retire the term ‘anti-vaxxers’ because it is ‘derogatory’.
In social media post, the group said it is ‘dismissively simplistic, highly offensive and largely false’ to call them ‘anti-vaxxers’ despite the fact that their group oppose vaccinations.
Please retire the use of the term “Anti-vaxxer.” It is derogatory, inflammatory, and marginalizes both women and their experiences. It is dismissivemy simplistic, highly offensive and largely false. We politely request that you refer to us as the Vaccine Risk Aware. pic.twitter.com/WtAyFOhLuv
— Crazymothers (@Crazymothers1) December 1, 2019
‘CrazyMothers’ belief hinges on debunked studies stating vaccines can lead to diseases and disorders such as autism. This theory was promoted by disgraced British doctor Andrew Wakefield. His work on the subject has been pulled from every journal it was published in.
The CrazyMothers would prefer their new nickname to be ‘Vaccine Risk Aware.’
In response, many Twitter users chimed in with their own alternative nicknames for the group, including “plague enthusiasts,” “polio fanciers,” “pro-disease” and “patient zero.”
One user wrote: “Anti-vaxxers threaten the lives of children, their own & more importantly other children. Their anti-science extremists who ignore experts & have a delusional sense of their own of their own intellectual & moral significance. They should be mocked.”
Another wrote: “1. Anyone can be “vaccine risk aware”, the vast majority take vaccines as they are “disease risk aware”. 2. “Vaccine hesitant” describes those who are unsure/reluctant and ask questions. “Anti-vaxxers” are those who actively campaign to prevent others from having their vaccines.”
One said: ‘Deaf guy here. For deaf people of my generation, the #1 cause of *permanent* deafness was measles. When you see an older person signing in ASL, just remember they spent a lifetime like that because there WAS NO VACCINE. Now it’s happening again because of DELIBERATE anti-vax BS.’
Dr Anthony Fauci, head of infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) told DailyMail.com that the health agency is pouring efforts and funds into designing a vaccine to protect people from the notoriously elusive flu.
The measles vaccine, he said, is easy: “It’s a one-and-done.” He added: “Everyone should be vaccinated. Period.”
In response to the public’s feedback and subsequent media coverage, the Crazymothers posted a screenshot of a HuffPost article along with the hashtag “#IHitANerve.”
Ultimately, the main risks to be aware of are those associated with not vaccinating. It has long been proven that vaccines are safe and effective and that serious side effects are rare.
Source: Daily Mail