A former anti-vaxxer's seven children all developed whooping cough just as she was preparing a "catch-up vaccination schedule" for her kids.
Despite the scientifically-backed information we have here in the 21st century, in some ways, it feels as if society is going backward. At least certain parts of it. People continue to deny global warming and climate change even though the evidence of it is all around us. A step beyond even that is the return of the belief that the Earth is flat. Let's not go down that rabbit hole.
Another movement that has seen a resurgence as of late is that of the anti-vaxxer. Parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated against potentially deadly diseases due to the belief that doing so will do them more harm than good. While members of the anti-vaxx movement naturally receive a lot of flack online, this case is an example of why those people need advice, not ridicule.
Tara Hills of Ontario, Canada freely admits that she used to be an anti-vaxxer. However, as reported by CBC News, an outbreak of measles in her local area forced her to reconsider. She then went about putting together a "catch-up vaccination schedule" for her children of which she has seven, all under the age of ten.
Unfortunately for the mom of seven, her decision to make a change came a little too late. As Hills and her family were putting together the aforementioned schedule, one by one her children fell ill with whooping cough. Since all of them live under the same roof, it was only a matter of time until all of her children contracted it. It's an illness that children are normally vaccinated against on a regular basis from a very young age.
After speaking out about her renouncing of the anti-vaxx movement, Hills has received mixed reactions from the internet community. While some have applauded her for seeing the evidence and making the right decision, others have made fun of her for being a part of the movement at all. Some have even poked fun at her for her children falling ill. Either way, her story may inspire other anti-vaxxers to follow suit, and that is something to be applauded if so.