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Internet Responds After Anti-Vaxxers Ask Media To Stop Calling Them ‘Anti-Vaxxers’

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The internet shifted to overdrive this week after a group of anti-vaxxers asked the media to stop referring to them as anti-vaxxers —even though that’s literally what they are.

The anti-vaxxer group called —get this— ‘Crazymothers’ posted the request to their Twitter and Instagram pages and people across social media were happy to respond.

“Dear Media,” the open letter read. “Please retire the use of the term ‘Anti-vaxxer.’ It is derogatory, inflammatory, and marginalizes both women and their experiences. It is dismissively simplistic, highly offensive and largely false. We politely request that you refer to us as the Vaccine Risk Aware.”

Social media users responding to the group were quick to point out that if they were really aware of the risk of any adverse effects of vaccines, which are mainly minor, extremely rare and do not include autism. Especially when you weigh it up against the risks associated with not getting your child vaccinated, which include your child getting a potentially deadly disease and risking the health of others around them.

Last year alone, an outbreak of measles in the Democratic Republic of Congo saw 233,337 new cases of measles and 4,723, with children under the age of five accounting for almost 90 percent of those deaths.

So when ‘Crazymothers’ asked people to call them “risk aware”, people had quite a few suggestions of their own.

Check some of the responses below.

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