Anti-Vaccination Movement

Anti-Vaccination Movement

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The Anti-Vaccination Movement, also known as the Anti-Vaxxer Movement, is a grassroots medical activist campaign that opposes the practice of vaccination based on fears about the adverse effects of immunization. The movement is most commonly associated with discredited claims that vaccines are linked to autism spectrum disorders.


In 1998, the medical journal The Lancet published a paper[1] by the now-discredited and former doctor Andrew Wakefield providing support for the claim that colitis and autism disorders were linked to the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. The paper was subsequently discredited with a series of reports released between 2004 and 2010 by British investigative reporter Brian Deer. On September 17th, 2007, the book Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism by Jenny McCarthy was released, in which the actress describes her experiences raising a child with autism. The following day, McCarthy was interviewed on the Oprah Winfrey Show, revealing that she believed an MMR vaccine triggered her son's autism.

Online Presence

On April 11th, 2001, the anti-vaccination website Vaccination Liberation[10] was launched. On June 22nd, 2007, a page for "Anti-vaccination movement" was created on the wiki site Rational Wiki.[9] On February 2nd, 2009, the website Jenny McCarthy Body Count was launched, which lists the number of illnesses and deaths that have occurred since celebrities began speaking out against vaccinations in 2007. The website has since been renamed "Anti Vaccine Body Count."[2]

ANTLVACCINE BODY COUNT Number of Preventable Illnesses Number of Preventable Deaths 145700 6336 From June 3, 2007 To January 31, 2015 From June 3, 2007 To January 31, 2015 Number of Autism Diagnoses Scientifically Linked to Vaccinations 0 From June 3, 2007 To January 31, 2015

On July 13th, 2013, Something Awful[6] published a compilation of photoshopped parody anti-vaccination ads (shown below).

heir first injection was a vaccination. Protect your childen from vaccinations. Vaccinations leave a lasting psychological belief that injecting is benefical. Studies have shown that children who are vaccinated are 85% more likely to inject heroin than those who are not. Vaccinations. Don't lose your child to drugs. Call 1-800-128-093 for more inforimation. ringing your child to the clinic for vaccinations is LITERALLY ike bringing your child to AUSCHWITZ!!! Learn the DEADLY TRUTH www.sOMETHINGAWFUL COM

On March 17th, 2014, Time[8] published an article titled "4 Diseases Making a Comeback Thanks to Anti-Vaxxers," which listed measles, mumps, whooping cough and chicken pox as preventable diseases that were on the rise due to anti-vaccination efforts. On July 12th, CollegeHumor released part three of the "If Google Was a Guy" sketch comedy series, in which an personified version of the Google search engine provides search results for an anti-vaxxer (shown below).

On December 15th, artist Maki Naro published a webcomic titled "Vaccines Work: Here Are the Facts" on the blogging platform Medium.[7] In January 2015, more than 100 people were diagnosed with the measles in 15 states in the United States, which many speculated was caused by parents refusing to vaccinate their children. In February, critics of the anti-vaccination movement began posting joke reviews on the Amazon[3] page for the book Melanie's Marvelous Measles by Australian anti-vaxxer Stephanie Messenger.[4] On February 4th, Redditor Thalaas submitted a post titled "How I Think Anti-vaxxers view their kids," which featured a screenshot of the character Lord Farquaad from the Shrek franchise. In the first week, the post gained over 4,100 votes (92% upvoted) on the /r/AdviceAnimals[5] subreddit.



Jim Carrey's Twitter Rant

On June 30th, 2015, American comedian actor Jim Carrey posted a series of tweets criticizing California's newly passed bill SB277, which requires the vaccination of all school children, while accusing the Governor of being a "corporate fascist" and of "poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum."

Jim Carrey @JimCarrey Follow California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in manditory vaccines. This corporate fascist must be stopped. 9:03 PM 30 Jun 2015 わ 42-2728 ★ 3.439 Jim Carrey Follow @JimCarrey They say mercury in fish is dangerous but forcing all of our children to be injected with mercury in thimerosol is no risk. Make sense? 9:13 PM 30 Jun 2015 4 1,682 ★ 2,726 Jim Carrey @JimCarrey Follow I am not anti-vaccine. I am anti-thimerosal, anti-mercury. They have taken some of the mercury laden thimerosal out of vaccines. NOT ALL! 10:38 PM-30 Jun 2015 わ 1,040 ★ 2,154 Jim Carrey @JimCarrey Follow The CDC can't solve a problem they helped start. It's too risky to admit they have been wrong about mercury/thimerasol. They are corrupt. 10:51 PM 30 Jun 2015 わ 1,000 ★ 2,030 Jim Carrey Follow @JimCarrey Go to watch the documentary and judge for yourselves. If you really care about the kids you will. It's shocking! 11:02 PM 30 Jun 2015 1,096 ★ 1,775 Jim Carrey @JimCarrey Follow I am PRO-VACCINE/ANTI-NEUROTOXIN, Get that straight. 3:20 AM 1 Jul 2015 わ 451 ★ 1,281

That day, many Internet users began mocking Carrey's statements for being paranoid and ill-informed.[11][12][13] On July 1st, Redditor whispy_farts submitted an image macro featuring the character Bones from Star Trek titled "MRW Jim Carrey went on a rant about mandatory vaccine laws," which contained the caption "Dammit, Jim! / You're an actor, not a doctor" (shown below, right). In the first three hours, the post gained over 1,900 votes and 100 comments on the /r/AdviceAnimals[14] subreddit. Im the coming days, several news sites published articles about the Twitter rant, including CNBC,[15] LA Times,[16] Rolling Stone,[17] The Washington Post[18] and UpRoxx.[19]

Ethan Booker @Ethan_Booker Follow when the California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in manditory vaccines 9:51 PM 30 Jun 2015 DAMMIT JIM! YOU'RE AN ACTOR, NOT A DOCTOR made on imgur

YouTube Video Demonetization

On February 20th, 2019, BuzzFeed [20] reported that video sharing company YouTube was promoting and recommending anti-vaccination videos to people searching for videos on whether or not they should vaccinate their children (screenshots below). BuzzFeed reports that searches for "immunization," in a session without private data, produced a video that says vaccines protect children from certain disease. However, the first "Up Next" recommendation offered an Anti-Vaccination video entitled "Mom Researches Vaccines, Discovers Vaccination Horrors and Goes Vaccine Free."

Voulube immunization BARBARA CORCORAN |Free T Free Tickets GET Up next AUTOPLA Mom Researches Vaccines Discovers Vaccination Hon 97K views the dea smallpox virus-Snnona Z THE DEADLY Free Tickets 3.7M views Skip Ad GET YOUR FREE TICKETS NOW CORCORAN Oprah Meets a Schizophrer Child With Over 200 Imagi OWN 8 5M views LIVE! 611 Childhood Immunization-The Truth About Vaccines Debunking Anti-Vaxxers 2,523 views 11 11 ^SHARE SAVE 34M views Rehealthify Published on Jun 14,2014 Check out our new website http l/ Rehealthify offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free Narcissist, Psychopath, or Sociopath: How to Spot the MedCircle 5 6M vie 12:05 Failing at Normal: An ADH Success Story I Jessica EDx Talks SHOW MORE Youlube immunization Up next AUTOPLAY NoVaeeine Mandates" Surgeon with Vaccine injured AXXED TV 21K views is Aspergers syndrome the next stage of human evolution? BC News (Australia) 565K views Truth Vs Lies About Flu Vaccines "Updated" Dr John Bergman 23K views te Doctor Reacts to Middle Ground: Pro-Vaccine vs Anti Doctor Mke 6M iew PRO/ANT VAX Measles Explained-Vaccinate or Not? zgesagt-in a Phnshell @ 1M view Mom Researches Vaccines, Discovers Vaccination Horrors and Goes Vaccine Free 197,780 views Stop ADD and ADHD in 18 Days by Eliminating This 83K views SUBSCRIBE 44K Published on Mar 1 Published on Mar 14 2016 Flu Shot Warningl Watch This http://www this mom was pregnant she researched vaccines and vaccination by reading a book, the Vaccine Safety Manual, and discovered the many homors of vaccination She learmed what vaccines are, what vaccines are made of, the supposed SHOW MORE Before Getting Onel Health o 201K views Dr. Suzanne Humphries, M.D. Full Testimony (West Virginia

Several companies told BuzzFeed that they were unaware that their advertisements were running on such channels.

Two days later, on February 22nd, YouTube announced that they will no longer run advertisements on anti-vaccination videos.[21] A YouTube spokesperson told BuzzFeed, "We have strict policies that govern what videos we allow ads to appear on, and videos that promote anti-vaccination content are a violation of those policies. We enforce these policies vigorously, and if we find a video that violates them, we immediately take action and remove ads."

A spokesperson for Grammarly, a spell-checking software company that advertises on YouTube, told Buzzfeed, "Upon learning of this, we immediately contacted YouTube to pull our ads from appearing not only on this channel but also to ensure related content that promulgates conspiracy theories is completely excluded. We have stringent exclusion filters in place with YouTube that we believed would exclude such channels. We’ve asked YouTube to ensure this does not happen again."

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