Facebook Group Stops Anti-Vax Nurse From Spreading Measles

Facebook Group Stops Anti-Vax Nurse From Spreading Measles August 28, 2018

 

Update 5:20 pm – The nurse has been terminated by Texas Children’s Hospital. Great work to the Vaccine Hate Facebook group!

Last night a Facebook group I am a member in was all a buzz. Vaccine Hate, a Facebook group that works to stop the spread of false anti-vaccination propaganda, stopped a pediatric a nurse from starting a measles outbreak. Initially, I couldn’t believe a nurse would make such crazy statements. However, the group had screenshots to back up their claims. The nurse in question works for Texas Children’s Hosptial in Houston. Due to the hard work of a diligent group of vaccine advocates, the nurse is currently under investigation by the hospital.

Vaccinate Hate is a Facebook group that works to dimish the damage anti-vaccination propaganda does to public health. The group run by admins work to weed out nurses and health care officials that are anti-vaccine. Several of the admins received notifications that a nurse in Texas was sharing private information about a child with measles.

A nurse from Children’s Hospital in Houston posted in “Proud Parents of Unvaccinated Children – Texas,” which has now been taken down. Jay Summer admin of Vaccine Hate provided me with screenshots of the nurse’s statement to the group:

 

 

News of the nurse’s comments began making rounds in vaccine groups around Facebook. Admins of Vaccine-Hate worked together to report the nurse to Texas Children’s Hospital. Additionally, they rallied their vaccine advocates to contact the hospital. Jay Summers provided me with the following screenshot after he reported the nurse:

The work of the admins from Vaccine Hate wasn’t done with reporting the nurse to the hospital alone. They also shared the story with the local media in Texas. Jay let me know he is continuing to work with the news outlet as he learns more information about the nurse.

Administrators of Vaccine Hate also work closely in a secret Facebook group dedicated to exposing nurses and health care workers that are anti-vaccine. Last night admins of the group said the most disturbing component of this story was the nurse’s threat to expose her child to measles.

If she had swabbed the child and exposed her son, she could have started an outbreak in her community. Administrators took this threat seriously knowing that measles is a deadly disease.

According to the World Health Organization, 89,780 people died from Measles in 2016. The majority of the deaths were children under the age of five.

The World Health Organization says, “Accelerated immunization activities have had a major impact on reducing measles deaths. During 2000–2016, measles vaccination prevented an estimated 20.4 million deaths. Global measles deaths have decreased by 84% from an estimated 550 100 in 2000* to 89 780 in 2016.”

Following media exposure about the nurse, Texas Children’s Hospital released the following statement:

“A patient treated at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus tested positive for measles. This is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable infection. We know vaccination is the best protection against measles,” the hospital told Houston ABC station KTRK Monday. “Our Infection Control and Prevention team immediately identified other children who may have come in contact with this patient to assess their risk and provide clinical recommendations. We have contacted all of those families.”

The hospital also reported that the nurse is currently under investigation and will not be allowed to see patients during the investigation.

When I asked Jay Summers about what vaccine hate hopes to accomplish, he told me this, “We’ve reported over 25 anti-vaccine nurses this year alone, the group vaccine hate exists to expose anti-vaccine frauds and charlatans. We want to expose their false narrative and tactics, and to expose the false arguments used by the anti-vaccine community. We want to temper those arguments with the facts. The data is used to understand the reasons behind the movement and to find better ways of science communication.”

Kudos to Jay Summers and the entire administrative crew at Vaccine Hate for stopping a public health outbreak of measles. The work of grassroots movements like Vaccine Hate helps all of us by preventing the fake news and propaganda from the anti-vaccine movement. Now Texas children are safe thanks to their hard work.

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  • valleycat1

    Wow. One would think that anyone who does not trust the medical establishment might be weeded out somehow in the application process for becoming a part of that establishment, or at lest during the hiring process once they start looking for a job. Not to mention that a 13 year old would most likely have a severe case of measles if contracted – how could any mother think that purposely injecting their child with a disease like this think it is a good idea?

  • WallofSleep
  • WallofSleep

    Downright misanthropic, even.

  • it’s almost sadistic

  • French Pandora

    Hello, I want to share a story.

    France end of 1952/beginning of 1953* birth of my aunt J. Same country 1955, funeral of my aunt, a toddler. Cause of death, measles (she was “lucky” and caugh one kind especially hard, her two older sisters a light form whom they easily survived).

    So, I have two words for anti (vaxxer ?). It start with F and finish with you.

    * I don’t know the exact date and don’t ask, my mother never stopped grieving her little sister.

  • frostysnowman

    Anti-vaxxers feel measles are better than autism and it’s also safer for kids to develop a “natural” immunity to a disease by contracting it.

  • frostysnowman

    Kudos to this group for performing such a valuable service.

  • Agreed!

  • tatortotcassie

    I had no idea this group existed but I’m so very glad it does!

  • Jim Jones
  • Jim Jones
  • Me too!

  • Cozmo the Magician

    FFS, this woman said she considered possibly KILLER HER OWN CHILD with a disease an CAUSING A MASS OUTBREAK. Gee, I thought that was called GERM WARFARE. Where are the pure 100% white christ humpers demandig that this terrorist be waterboarded?

  • Cozmo the Magician

    ALMOST? ffs.

  • Right – I can’t believe the media hasn’t been more vocal about that aspect of the story.

  • very true!

  • Freethinker
  • Maggie Newman

    What is the name of the group you are writing about? In the beginning of the article you call it “Vaccinate Hate” which makes sense to me. But later in the article it is consistently referred to as “Vaccine Hate” which means something completely different. Can you clarify, please?

  • Monado

    Unfortunately, “Proud Parents of Unvaccinated Children — Texas” was not taken down. It changed its name to “PPUC–TX” and became a secret group.

    However, “Embarrassed Cousins of Proud Parents of Unvaccinated Children” is probably still around.

  • Defensis Prime

    These ‘Vaccine Hate’ people are tEh rOXstarrz. 🙂 A frickin’ wheelbarrow of Kudos to the lot of them for taking this whackadoo down!

    …on a side note, I can’t recall the last time I’ve seen Kudos on store shelves…

  • WallofSleep

    “The nurse has been terminated by Texas Children’s Hospital.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsaTElBljOE

  • Wile F. Coyote

    Well, when youths transition into the teen years they often become rebellious, unruly, and all around just very much more difficult for parents than ever before. Nothing like a nasty disease to teach the little bastard a lesson and bring some calm back into the household.

  • Vaccines are so effective in preventing unnecessary suffering and death. It is hard to understand those opposed to vaccinating their kids.

  • WhyMeLord

    I’m in my 70s born & raised in the deep south I survived a very bad case of measles by the barest but lost friends and family to DXes that today are preventable.

  • anxionnat

    Remember: the same organism causes shingles. This can be deadly in older adults. There’s a vaccine for shingles. My mom had shingles a few years before the vaccine came out–it was horrible, and there was nothing her doctors could do. My siblings and I were afraid mom could die. She fought it off, but it took close to a month before the rash was gone and another couple of months til she felt ok again. The rash is so awful that she couldn’t lie in bed because even the bed linen chafed. I understand this is common. My brother and I paid for a couple of silk sheets (which are *not*
    cheap!) and that seemed to help a bit. Those of us who had measles as children are at risk for shingles–so get the vaccine!

  • Vaccine Hate is the name. It uses a name that is ambiguous to draw in people from both sides

  • Yes, my husband had shingles – it’s awful!

  • Anti-vaxxers think measles is a mild childhood illness

  • d’Monique

    They believe the vaccines cause unnecessary suffering and death. They see everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) as vaccine injuries and claim their healthy normal children are damaged.

  • They also believe in Woo doctors. So there is that.

  • al kimeea

    Chicken pox, not measles, for herpes zoster AKA shingles. ‘Tis a nasty thing. Get the vaccine as you say.

  • al kimeea

    Recent outbreak in Europe iirc. 37 deaths. Same bullshit reasoning.

  • Jefe Mixtli

    THIS is why us anti-anti-vaxxers refer to nuts like this as PRO-DISEASE.

  • Jefe Mixtli

    You have to see the discussions in the upside-down world of PRO-DISEASE kooks

    – Vaccines are a depopulation plot from ‘BigPharma’
    – Vaccines are more dangerous then the disease
    – vaccinated children spread disease via ‘shedding’
    – the vaccine spreads ‘genetically altered’ measles that is worse then the ‘natural’ virus
    – Vaccines contain Glyphosate
    – Vaccines contain pieces of aborted fetuses
    – “A doctor/nurse gave me kudos for not vaccinating”

    … and others stories that never happened.

  • They are a public health threat to the world

  • Daffodil

    Ok, I’m a little slow on the uptake. I was calculating the ages of the children and thinking how sad it was to lose them so young, then it hit me. It’s not the ages of the children so much as the year they died. They lost 4 children in 1884 and 5 in 1890.

  • Jim Jones

    Yes. Look at Lincoln’s children. But everything was so ‘natural’ in those days.

  • Deacon Phreque

    Isn’t it a crime to inappropriately remove medical waste from a facility? Can she be charged with theft? I would go so far as to say it is an act of terrorism to remove and deliberately spread a pathogen. Usually terrorism has a specific agenda, i.e. attempting to affect political or societal change. Can it apply to anti-vaxxers?

  • MadScientist1023

    I’m sure if the nurse in question were Muslim, Fox News would be shouting about it as a foiled terrorist attack.

  • Raging Bee

    This nurse was horrified by the effects of measles on one kid…and then wanted to infect HER OWN CHILD with the same disease?! That’s just plain demented.

    I’m beginning to wonder if maybe there’s some sort of deep instinctual response to overpopulation, or maybe to the sight of so many kids growing up in such ease, that is driving such a militant and relentless anti-vax movement. We have an instinct to nurture and protect our own young; but we also have an instinct to toughen up our young, cull the weak, and prepare them for a tough adult life; and perhaps the latter instinct is starting to prevail in times where life is getting meaner and people are living in more fear than before.

  • Rick

    Either this post, or that Facebook group, makes no sense.

    “Vaccine Hate, a Facebook group that works to stop the spread of false anti-vaccination propaganda”

    Oh really? I went to that group, and they describe themselves thusly:

    “A group for anyone to present scientific evidence that vaccines cause Autism, or that vaccination is harmful and unnecessary.”

  • Rick

    What they “feel” has no relation to the real world.

  • frostysnowman

    For sure.

  • the name is decieving

  • Raging Bee

    That used to be the norm, before vaccines were invented. I got a measles shot, but I got sick with chicken-pox and mumps, and was told I’d be immune to both thereafter.

  • frostysnowman

    I grew up before the chicken pox vaccine was around. I got them, and now I get to worry about the possibility of shingles when I am older. Luckily there’s a vaccine for that.

  • Tuna

    ” Vaccines contain pieces of aborted fetuses”

    Holy crap. Hadn’t heard that one before.

  • My great grandfather bought a vaccine of some kind, for one of his many children. (small pox, I think) When a scab formed over the point of inoculation, great grandfather pricked the skin of another child, tore the scab off the first child, and fastened the infected scab to the new wound. Repeating the procedure, he inoculated the whole family, all, for the price of one.

  • Who cares what Anti-vaxxers ‘feel’? Feelings are nothing to go on.

  • JoeFarmer

    And they should be held legally and financially responsible for the harms they cause.

  • B.A.

    It’s also child abuse.

  • B.A.

    OT: I am going to play this song full blast whenever Trump leaves office.

  • Joe Hines

    Back when I was 7 or 8, I got measles. As it happened, Walt Disney was showing one of the broadcasts of Davy Crockett on TV. (1954 or 55) Even as sick as I was, I begged my mother to let me watch it, which she did. Measles makes your eyes sensitive to light. When I awoke the I morning, my eyes were swollen shut. I could not see until the swelling went down. Scariest thing from my childhood.

  • Freethinker

    If that don’t open their eyes, nothing will. Until they bury their own kid that is.

  • Brian

    It’s a honey trap. They call themselves thus to lure people out.

  • swbarnes2

    If her kid had died, she’d blame vaccination for making her kid so old at the time of infection.

  • swbarnes2

    I don’t think it’s about toughening kids up, I think it’s about vanity..vaccines are easy and cheap and good enough for poor people, so there must be some alternative that is more expensive, more effort, and better for her and hers. She is confident that her kid will be fine, and end up better than everyone else who did the easy thing.

  • Raging Bee

    It could be partly that, but I still think that humans, like many other animal species, have a “cull the weak” instinct that’s deeper and stronger than we allow ourselves to admit. If vanity is in play too, it’s most likely the vanity of those parents refusing to see or admit that they’re driven by instincts underneath their pretense of enlightened choices.

  • Bungarra

    I got shingles from Chicken pox I got in 1949 in China. “Pain, Hurt,Agony!” One of my grand children got infected and infected some other children when taken to Day Care. A fairly good method of spread for this disease. After every one in the tribe is infected, and it dies out, then Grandpa 55 years later get shingles and reinfects the village. I also saw small pox scars on people in the street. What madness is the “Ant Vac heresy”.

  • Kevin K

    That would have been smallpox…that must have been a while ago.

  • Dad is 96. My Great Grandfather was a small boy during The Civil War.

  • john tucci

    You forgot the “Aluminum”

  • john tucci

    I have been saying that for years.

  • john tucci

    You were lucky that you did not die.

  • Quinsha

    Born in ’62 and raised in the deep south. I remember leg braces and iron lungs. I remember my father being scared out of his wits when he thought that my sister and I had whooping cough. I remember my parents being so proud that they were one of the few families who had ALL their children survive into adulthood.

    Yes, Vaccinate!

    Edit: Hmmm..Facebook seems to have given me an old post. Sorry for Necroing.