Why are people choosing not to vaccinate their kids? There is no definitive answer to this, but in today's post-truth world, where misinformation and distrust of politicians and the media runs high, perhaps this is one area where people can feel that their personal choices matter. Opting out of vaccines may feel to some like a way of reasserting control over their family and their health, perhaps they find it easier to trust a misguided friend on social media than some distant politician who may or may not be on the payroll of 'big pharma.'

Either way, the anti-vaxxers movement is a dangerous, health risk causing trend, one that we here at Bored Panda are doing our best to highlight. With the battle for truth mainly fought online these days, it's only natural that anti-vaxx memes have become a potent weapon. Easily shareable, concise, humorous and savage, they are perfect fodder for the “TL-DR” generation and have become a common way to 'mock' the anti-vaccination crowd into modifying their behavior. Whether it works or not is another discussion, as we have seen in the past, people who feel under attack for their beliefs often double-down and solidify them in response. This is part of the reason why we have the least qualified President in the history of the United States, and political paralysis in the U.K.

Another thing to take into consideration with these memes is that they often carry an undercurrent of sexism with them; the savage roasts are targeted to the 'Anti-Vax Mom.' This mom is portrayed as dumb and naive, clutching her essential oils and a clean-eating regime, obsessed with her kids and suspicious of anything that isn't 'organic.' Presumably, all the dads in this scenario are ambivalent toward vaccinations, keeping quiet in the background while his shrill, unbearable wife makes a public spectacle of herself. Where are you all, Anti-Vaxx Dads?

No matter where you sit on this preventable diseases debate, the best memes we've collected below will give you a guilty chuckle. Dark, clever and merciless, they make their point loud and clear. But will they change anyone's minds? Only time will tell.

#1

He's Miraculously Healthy

He's Miraculously Healthy

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CatShatBrix
Community Member
2 years ago

gO DAd!!!1

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The measles virus could, in theory, be killed off completely if we got our act together. Because humans are the only carriers of the virus and we have an effective vaccine, if we manage to vaccinate enough people, particularly in the developing world, the disease could soon be eradicated.

#2

Sneaking Out To Get Shots

Sneaking Out To Get Shots

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Mia Yuish
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't know why , but this picture really gets me . I feel very pity for those kids who their parents doesn't allow them to get vaccine .

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However, as we know, the anti-vax movement is proving to be a sticking point, one that is threatening to derail the progress made in developed countries.

#3

Anti-Vaxxer Logic

Anti-Vaxxer Logic

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Dani
Community Member
2 years ago

True...

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#4

Do You Need Another Smack?

Do You Need Another Smack?

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CatShatBrix
Community Member
2 years ago

Do both!

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In the U.S. for example, the vaccination rates for MMR are high, with 91% of children getting the shot. That's almost enough for herd immunity, meaning that the virus finds it nearly impossible to find enough people to infect, and serves as a protection for those who can't be immunized. 

#5

Healing Oils

Healing Oils

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logical fallacy
Community Member
2 years ago

This is kinda misleading since essential oils do literally nothing to prevent diseases, while that poor cheese puff is doing its best.

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#6

Germs Everywhere

Germs Everywhere

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CatShatBrix
Community Member
2 years ago

Am I the only one that kept singing?

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But there are increasing 'hotspots,' areas where people are choosing to 'opt out' of vaccines for their children, and these areas are vulnerable to outbreaks. The recent outbreak in the Oregon/Washington State area is an example of this.

#7

But Nothing's Changed

But Nothing's Changed

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Nikki D
Community Member
2 years ago

Thought that said "poop" at first.

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It's not only the U.S. where people are skipping readily-available vaccines; there were over 40,000 cases in Europe in 2018, a record in the vaccine era.

#8

Top Scientists

Top Scientists

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ƒιѕн
Community Member
2 years ago

mind blown

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The MMR vaccine covers 3 diseases: Measles, Mumps and Rubella. Children are recommended to take 2 doses of the vaccine, first between 12 and 15 months, and second between 4 and 6 years. Parents are often most concerned about the first dose, when their child is very young and supposedly more at risk of complications from the vaccine. It has been proven to be very safe however, a live but very weak version of the virus is given to stimulate antibodies, which then will protect the child in the future. Mild rashes and fevers can occur as side effects of the vaccine, but more severe reactions are so rare as to be virtually non-existent. The benefits of prevention massively outweigh the minuscule risks.

#9

Preventable Diseases

Preventable Diseases

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Emir
Community Member
2 years ago

my god what is that?

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The scary thing about measles is that it's so easy to transmit. As an airborne virus, it can be passed along through tiny droplets from the nose and mouth, and can survive for up to two hours on surfaces that have been coughed and sneezed upon. Because the symptoms don't appear for up to four days, a person can unknowingly walk around infecting people before they even know they have the virus. One person can quite easily transmit measles to up to 20 people before getting symptoms, which means that an un-immunized population faces a huge risk if an outbreak occurs. This is why it's so important to get vaccinated! Measles was officially eliminated in the U.S. but has been allowed to make a comeback, mainly due to lax laws and the rise of the anti-vax movement. Have fun browsing these memes but remember, this is a serious issue so do your research.

#10

A Good Business

A Good Business

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logical fallacy
Community Member
2 years ago

House MD is an excellent, hilarious show, which, especially in the early episodes, focused on similar issues in the medical community, like anti-vaxxers and problems with antibiotics resistance.

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#11

Why Complicate Things

Why Complicate Things

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Terry T.
Community Member
2 years ago

An abortion in the 62nd trimester.....

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#12

Refusing To Vaccinate

Refusing To Vaccinate

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
2 years ago

Would love to hear her reasoning, bet would be a good laugh!

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#13

Facts And Logic

Facts And Logic

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Meowton Mewsk
Community Member
2 years ago

This one is the most infuriating.

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#14

Antivax Kids

Antivax Kids

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MagNat
Community Member
2 years ago

I laughed more than I should have.

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#15

Getting Vaccinated

Getting Vaccinated

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Nikki D
Community Member
2 years ago

Good luck, kids aren't known for their secret keeping prowess.

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#16

Anti-Vaxxer Logic

Anti-Vaxxer Logic

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Monday
Community Member
2 years ago

What happens when the kid of an antivaxx mom is diagnosed with Autism? Do they then get the vaccine?

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#17

We Are All The Same

We Are All The Same

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CultOfBambi
Community Member
2 years ago

Ditto for flat-earthers and climate change deniers.

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#18

But I Googled It!

But I Googled It!

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
2 years ago

Uneducated anti-vaxxer parents think their 8th grade education is better than hundreds of thousands of PhDs.

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#19

Normal vs. Anti-Vaxx

Normal vs. Anti-Vaxx

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Enea
Community Member
2 years ago

Both depressing.

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#20

Not Interested In Evidence

Not Interested In Evidence

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Joao Damiao
Community Member
2 years ago

This is just right.

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#21

Trust The Internet

Trust The Internet

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logical fallacy
Community Member
2 years ago

For some reason I find the 'my blood hurts' thing hilarious

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#22

I Want To Grow Old

I Want To Grow Old

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Dani
Community Member
2 years ago

Sad, but funny

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#23

Baby Shots

Baby Shots

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Terry T.
Community Member
2 years ago

One is doing the right thing, one is not

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#24

That's Enough For You

That's Enough For You

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

Do not forget to suffer horrible before that.

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#25

Catch Them All

Catch Them All

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Nikki D
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

I'm so sad that I was born a little too late for the chicken pox vaccine. I have pock scars and have had shingles. I would never intentionally put a kid at risk of that.

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#26

Better Late Than Never

Better Late Than Never

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2 years ago

I was going to comment something sarcastic like 'oh wow these diseases are still around?", but then I checked online about this woman. Turns out that was her thinking, plus generic fear over vaccines. Many people think that these diseases are eliminated, so getting the shot is unnecessary, and they're scared by unsubstantiated rumours they're not equipped scientifically to understand. Both are wrong. These diseases still exist and they kill, and the science behind vaccines is simple. Dare to read about it, and it's game over for anti-vaxxers.

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#27

Sorry To Bother

Sorry To Bother

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FatBaby
Community Member
2 years ago

He's mentally disabled

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#28

Getting Your Shots

Getting Your Shots

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Alex
Community Member
2 years ago

If. Not "when".

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#29

Evil Medicine

Evil Medicine

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Kururi.Orihara
Community Member
2 years ago

Now that I think about it, Anit-Vaxxers are probably equivalent to the people who persecuted others in the Salem Witch Trails. Something they don't understand=must be evil and avioded at all costs.

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#30

Stop Right There

Stop Right There

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Nathan Parrish
Community Member
2 years ago

did anyone else just pick the "shut up" and "go away" options to see if he left?

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