The Brief: Memes making fun of anti-vaxxers reinforce the importance of vaccines.

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Anti-vaxxers, people who do not vaccinate their children based on unsubstantiated claims that they cause autism or have significant dangerous side-effects, are often active online. One way people have been responding to this growing movement, and its potential danger to public health, is through memes. A subreddit called Vaxxhappened with over 94,000 subscribers, and a Facebook page called Refutations to Anti-Vaccine Memes with over 240,000 followers both use memes to point out the dangers of the anti-vax movement.

Many of these memes are dark, exploring the possibility of children dying because they were not vaccinated.

https://twitter.com/MirGucci/status/1055256615706742784

https://www.instagram.com/p/BpcY3dJF2Ra/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

https://www.instagram.com/p/BjaiM7MA8Uz/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

I’ve never seen anything like this… from r/dankmemes