Have you ever been so wildly off base and uninformed about something that you stumble back around into rightness?
It's a rare occurrence, but when it happens it can be magically hilarious.
Enter Random Facebook User with no medical training, but a hot new take on vaccines.
Yeah... you see where this is going.
The user claims not to be anti-vax and that's quite possible. Vaccines have been a hot button issue for a few years now and the anti-vax movement has done a lot to stir up fears and prey on the insecurities of an uninformed public.
It's quite possible this person legitimately isn't anti-vax and just doesn't know enough about how vaccines work to understand why their post is so wrong that it's right. Their thoughts about a "more natural" alternative to chemical filled vaccines are actually great.
They're so great, in fact, that a brilliant researcher has already put them into effect and saved countless lives ... when he invented vaccines.
The Facebook user suggested that instead of vaccines we should just use a small amount of the virus so that the body can build up an immunity to it. FYI: that is exactly how vaccines work.
The post reads:
"I'm not anti vax, but I understand why some parent do not want those chemicals in their childrens bodies. I think instead of chemical shots, the doctors should give a small piece of the virus, so the body can build natural immunity, like the chicken pox playdate we had as kids."
But that's what vaccines are... so instead of vaccinating people we should just vaccinate people?
The post made it's way to Twitter, of course.
As seen on FB. What a concept. https://t.co/wN9xKCFcTO— On Par (@On Par) 1578967937.0
People were stunned by it.
Was the post serious? Do they not know? Were they trolling real anti-vaxxers?
Who failed to educate this person? Could the anti-vax movement finally go away if people understood what vaccines are?
Twitter has so many thoughts.
@stevage1 @Golfergirl2018 "The all new natural way that Vaccinators won't tell you about! Use the viruses against t… https://t.co/gRXrVGVt5j— Ben O'Steen (@Ben O'Steen) 1579129690.0
@jmt5050 @benosteen @stevage1 @Golfergirl2018 I only give my children hypodermic health boosts with free-range, non-gmo microbes!— Visual KeInfluencer (@Visual KeInfluencer) 1579187058.0
@Golfergirl2018 This concerns me from the perspective of education. I don’t blame this person- they’re not antivax,… https://t.co/CKyF4UhEu8— Dr Lea Merone MBChB (hons) MPH&TM MSc Ⓥ (@Dr Lea Merone MBChB (hons) MPH&TM MSc Ⓥ) 1578998128.0
@Golfergirl2018 That idea would have won a Nobel Prize ... <checks date of discovery of smallpox vaccine> ... TWO H… https://t.co/tA8ysHO9Tx— Russ Taylor (@Russ Taylor) 1579134826.0
@Golfergirl2018 accidental science. 😂🙄— Roberta (@Roberta) 1578971717.0
@Golfergirl2018 @TomChivers But this shows heath services need to explain better what immunizations actually are an… https://t.co/D5b3HpbwCl— Carrie (@Carrie) 1579163419.0
@Ron_Jette @Golfergirl2018 We cld do it by inserting the small dead piece of the virus into a tiny tube and put it… https://t.co/y38nBoN2VE— Odette Roulette (@Odette Roulette) 1579185824.0
@Golfergirl2018 Someone once tried to prove vaccines were bad by showing me a list of ingredients and going "See! T… https://t.co/jhTexvxI9j— Brandon, the [REDACTED] (@Brandon, the [REDACTED]) 1579157334.0
@Golfergirl2018 I want to believe this was done with awareness and snark. I really want to believe that. Really.— Mean Ol Kamala Stan (@Mean Ol Kamala Stan) 1579205200.0
We don't know if this post was serious or satire—and we may never know—but it's definitely giving people something to think about.
We just hope people remember that there are folks who legitimately cannot be vaccinated and those people are depending on the rest of us to keep them as safe as possible. So if you can get those "organic, holistic, artisanal locally-sourced hypodermic health boosts with free-range, non-gmo microbes" you probably should.