There used to be a saying that one should never discuss sex, politics or religion at the dinner table. The topics were too highly charged and sure to cause agita. Today, there is only one topic in the USA that we can not discuss and that's vaccines. Take a look at what happened when a mobile flu shot business posted that it would be at a barbershop in Idaho on Facebook. The business owner, a nurse practitioner, made a critical error. He added an insult at the end of his post. And he knew it. "Anti-vaxxers need not reply." Fatal. Dumb. Way to be professional.
MERIDIAN — Brad Bigford thought his Facebook post might get a few comments and “maybe one or two, like, angry emoji faces” from people who oppose vaccinations.
That’s usually what happens when he posts about immunizations, he said.
Instead, the Facebook page for his company, Table Rock Mobile Medicine, became ground zero for the vaccine debate.
Bigford is a nurse practitioner whose mobile health care business goes to people’s homes and other sites in the Treasure Valley to deliver many of the services available at urgent care clinics. He posted Monday afternoon on Facebook that the business will offer flu shots Friday at a local barber shop, Fred’s Reel Barbershop in Meridian.
In the first day, the post reached about 18,000 people. It averaged two comments a minute during waking hours, he said.
By Wednesday afternoon, it had reached more than 70,000 people and gathered 1,800 comments. Bigford had enlisted three other nurses to help manage the flood so he could see patients. Read more here.
Vaccine injured adults and parents of vaccine injured children chimed in with reasons to re-consider the choice of uptake. These are folks probably very much like most of our readers, including yours truly. We try to be polite and civil. We share horror stories of what happened to our kids. We tag studies and point out the hypocrisy of thinking pharma is angelic on vaccines when we all know it's diabolical when it comes to drugs and the bottom line. Sure, some of us get ugly in our comments. We're human. After the vaccine choice comments start to come in, the folks who just want to take their vaccines and not have to worry (because deep down they are actually a teensy bit worried) get angry and lash out. Then the machine goes into effect. And suddenly there is a barrage of "anti-vaxxers are anti-science morons who deserve to die along with their miserable unvaccinated crotch goblins" comments flooding the site. Crotch goblins? Oh, that's a term I have seen recently to refer to children who are not fully vaccinated. I thought it was just for the Halloween season, but hey, I think it will stick what with being so entirely repulsive that it fits the narrative of the vaccinate at any and all costs to any and all patients demographic.
I've been saying something for a while now - let me know if you agree. The reason we're reviled is that the majority of Americans have been carefully taught that there is NO SUCH THING as a serious vaccine side effect. And when there is, it's so rare that we can consider it impossible. People don't believe our kids are vaccine injured. They don't fear that it can happen to their own kids. Look at vaping.... a handful of deaths (every single one tragic, no doubt) and there are laws in play to ban the product. No one is racing to protect vaping - despite being able to say it may protect from lung cancer better than smoking tobacco. People fear non-life threatening diseases more than they fear vaccine injury.