The first case of measles in hometown was reported yesterday. I'm part of the community Facebook page for my city and I saw that many of the people from my city claimed they know someone (own child, friend, relative) who was injured/became instantly sick/died after receiving a vaccine.
I'm not exactly sure how to respond to this. They're not claiming that vaccines cause autism, which we all know is completely untrue. I doubt that they care that the odds of getting an injury from a vaccine is incredibly low or that the alternative of vaccine-preventable diseases running rampant again is terrible (since apparently they are the unlucky minority who suffered from vaccines).
Even in clinic on my rotations I encounter a lot of patients who politely refuse to get the flu vaccine because they claim they got the flu right after receiving the vaccine.
With all this said, how do I address 'anti-vaxxers' who refuse to vaccinate their children or refuse the flu shot for themselves they personally know someone who got injured/became instantly sick/died after receiving a vaccine (without shitting on their personal experience)?
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