As local governments across multiple continents wage war on the anti-vaccination movement by implementing some of the strictest vaccine mandates the world has ever seen, the anti-vaxxers have become increasingly vocal about the discrimination they feel they are undergoing. Groups that discuss vaccines as a matter of choice are noticing that Facebook automatically warns members before they join that vaccine content may not be reliable in that group and to check the CDC instead. Some websites are preemptively blocked from being shared on social media as well due to the consistent nature of their vaccine related content.
This feels like an assault on their freedom of speech which is leading to more and more being vocal, especially on Facebook. That's where the public page "The Vaccination Station" comes into play. Dedicated to sharing as much scientifically factual information as possible on a daily basis, TVS took matters into their own hands and created these fascinating "pro vaccine posters."
This is a pro-vaxx page sharing information about all aspects of vaccination. Questions are welcome, but unsubstantiated claims will be treated with the scepticism they deserve. If you want to disagree, bring science and evidence
Since the posters have blown up over Facebook and crossed into other areas of social media, people have asked if they can be ordered. On the page, they answered:
You can't order the posters yet, but I am working on it. I can make them available in Spanish.
In an interview with Bored Panda, the personality behind the Facebook page, a man named Dave, said:
I am deeply concerned by the resurgence of the modern anti-vaxx movement and its negative impact on public health; an impact which can be traced directly (though not exclusively) to Andrew Wakefield’s fraudulent MMR study of 1998.
Dave also added:
I want to demystify vaccination by explaining it in terms that anyone can understand.
What propelled Dave's project and page? Not exactly people in real life:
Most of them were personal friends who have since cut me off. Discussions about vaccines did not go well; they simply refused to listen.
But now, thanks to the reach and power of social media, a lot more antivaxxers have crossed Dave's path:
I am regularly accused of being a paid shill for the pharmaceutical industry. One person even said I must be a bot!
The truth is that I’m just a regular dad with a Facebook page that I manage by myself, with no funding from anyone.
Since embarking on his Facebook journey, what has Dave learned?
Firstly, anti-vaxx propaganda must be engaged & refuted at its primary source: social media. The influence of the ‘post-truth’ era has sadly eroded public confidence in professional expertise. Furthermore, there is an urgent need to teach & promote critical thinking skills such as logic & deductive reasoning.
Scientific consensus is based on strength of evidence, not volume of voices. No amount of sincere belief will change facts that are inconvenient to your worldview.
Since his posters were made, Dave has seen an increase in antivaxxer traffic to his page but he handles them consistently with class. He isn't rude or derogatory or condescending, he simply responds with links, facts, and resources.
In addition to his posters, Dave's page shares articles debunking vaccine myths, pro-vaccine parenting groups, and occasionally light-hearted banter about antivaxxers.
"Read the inserts" is a common anti-vaxxer talking point.
The actually autistic community vehemently detests the antivaccine's movement to damage neurodiversity's value by calling autism a vaccine injury.
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