A Canadian mother, who had previously lost a young daughter, took to social media to express her outrage at those she calls “anti-vaxxers” after learning that her under one-month-old son may have contracted measles.
Within days, her Facebook post went off-the-charts viral. Jennifer Hibben-White expressed her pain on the afternoon of Feb. 10. By the morning of the 13th, her message was shared by more than a quarter-million people.
“This is my son Griffin, and he may have measles,” she begins.
“On February 9th, I received a phone call from York Region Public Health, informing me that Griffin, alongside my mother and I, was potentially exposed to the measles virus while attending a newborn weigh-in appointment at my doctor’s office in Markham [in Ontario, Canada] on January 27th.”
Now for a kicker.
“Griffin was 15 days old at the time,” she wrote.
“I was informed that someone who later developed measles sat in the doctor’s waiting room between 1 hour before and 30 minutes before we arrived. I was also informed that measles is regarded as ‘airborne’ and can stay in the air and on surfaces up to 2 hours after the infected person has left,” Hibben-White said.
She noted that although she’d received the measles vaccine, her son hadn’t — he’s too young. And they have to wait until Feb. 17 — the 21-day incubation period — to find out whether her son has been infected.
Then she lashed out — and understandably so:
“And I’m angry. Angry as hell,” she said, but not at the person who may have infected her boy.
“If you have chosen to not vaccinate yourself or your child, I blame you.
I blame you,” Hibben-White repeated.
“Now, let’s unpack this shall we. All out on the table,” she wrote. “You have NO IDEA what this “potential outcome” means. NO IDEA. I do. Unfortunately, I do.”
Then she ran down the litany of “imaginary horribles” others use as an excuse to decline vaccinations — and destroys them one-by-one:
You think you are protecting your children from thimerosal? You aren’t. It’s not in their vaccine.
You think you are protecting them from autism? You aren’t. There is no, none, nada, nothing in science that proves this. If you want to use google instead of science to “prove me wrong” then I am happy to call you an imbecile as well as misinformed.
You think you are protecting them through extracts and homeopathy and positive thoughts and Laws of Attraction and dancing by candlelight on a full moon? You aren’t. I PROTECT YOUR CHILD. We protect your child. By being concerned world citizens who care about ourselves, our fellow man, and our most vulnerable. So we vaccinate ourselves and our children.
You think you are protecting them by letting them eat their shovel full of dirt and reducing antibiotics and eating organic? You aren’t. As an unvaccinated person you are only protected by our good graces. WE LET YOU BE SO PRIVILEGED thanks to our willingness to vaccinate ourselves and our children.
Then came a second kicker — it was one that tears at the heartstrings.
“And you would be the first to line up if you had an inkling of what the death of a child feels like,” Hibbenm-White wrote. “You would be crawling through the streets on your hands and knees, begging, BEGGING to get that vaccine into your precious babies because that is what I would have done, if I could, to save my daughter.”
And the outcome?
“The fact is, there was no vaccine for her,” she said. “Not for her illness. And she died. She died at age five and a half, and she is gone.”
She then made her closing argument for her son.
“So, look at Griffin. Tell me why he gets to bear the brunt of your stupidity and reckless abuse of our protection? Tell me.
“Seven more days until I know that my baby is safe. Seven more days,” she said. “How is your week going, anti-vaxxers?”
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