Woman Who Nearly Died From Vaccine Pens A Viral Thread Shutting Down Anti-Vaxxers

Despite a fully established body of research conclusively proving that vaccines save lives, the anti-vaxxing movement continues to grow. The problem has gotten so severe that the World Health Organization (WHO) named “vaccine hesitancy” one of the top ten threats to global health in 2019.

One of the biggest myths surrounding vaccines is the claim that they cause autism. The misconception originated with a debunked 1997 study that linked the two together, but has since been consistently discredited “due to serious procedural errors, undisclosed financial conflicts of interest, and ethical violations.” Andrew Wakefield, the prestigious surgeon who published it, lost his medical license and the paper was retracted from The Lancet medical journal.

Since then, dozens of major studies found there was no link between vaccines and autism, some suggesting that autism develops in utero, before a child is even born.

And yet the popularity of the anti-vaxx movement barrels forward. This is due in no small part to celebrities such as Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carrey, Alicia Silverstone, Selma Blair, and others preaching the anti-vaccine gospel on social media.

One of the latest to join these ranks is vegan makeup queen Kat Von D, who chose to share her decision not to vaccinate her kids on Instagram.

In turn, Twitter user Clementine posted a thread about her personal experience with vaccines. It has since gone viral.

If anyone had a right to espouse anti-vaccine views, that someone was Clementine. At just 14 years old, she underwent life-ruining side effects from the tetanus-diphtheria vaccine.

As a result, Clementine developed pneumonia, was bedridden for half a year, was struck with random paralysis and atrophies muscles, and started having to use a wheelchair.

After listing the ways in which the tetanus-diphtheria vaccine ruined her body, one would assume Clementine is adamantly anti-vaccines. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

She realizes she is an outlier, and essentially writes that she is ok with “taking one for the team” if it means the “majority of people” can be healthy.

She breaks down the crux of why anti-vaccinators are so selfish in a single tweet:

Vaccinating yourself and your children is hands-down The Right Thing To Do.

People on Twitter applauded Clementine for her bravery in sharing her debilitating experience, and with her selfless outlook on vaccination.

Other folks who were also living with a compromised immune system also chimed in:

Clementine’s Twitter thread should be read by every single anti-vaxxer, and especially those with compromised immunity because these folks RELY on herd immunity. It takes strength and compassion to think the way Clementine thinks. Be like Clementine.