Anti-vax leader Larry Cook is reportedly up to date on his vaccines. A screenshot of an article is making the rounds on social media. The “article” includes a screen grab from a patient portal that shows Cook recently received the HPV and DTaP vaccines. According to the image, the article was written by me.
In a screenshot titled “Anti-Vax leader secretly gets up to date on vaccines,” the meme says that Larry Cook went rogue and received two vaccinations. The text in the image reads,
KTLA in Los Angeles has reveled that C-list antivaccination activist Larry Cook recently got up to date on his vaccines.
Anonymous sources have released a medical record from an unnamed clinic in Los Angeles showing that Cook obtained his tDap and HPV (“Gardasil”) booster shots in May of 2018.
Cook, 56, creator of the notorious Stop Mandatory Vaccination Facebook page and website has been an outspoken critic of vaccines. He has made numerous exaggerated and manufactured claims over the years and, until recently, funded his propaganda machine and lifestyle via GoFundMe donations.
I reached out to Cook and received the following response via email: “This was part of a research project I was doing on the dangers of vaccines. I wanted to experiment on myself and document the damage to demonstrate my commitment to exposing the dangers of vaccines. I’ve documented many abnormalities so far but am not ready to publish my findings at the moment. Please respect my privacy. Thank you.”
Cook further states that he will soon launch another GoFundMe to raise funds that will allow him to submit his research findings to various medical journals and help pay for toxin removal therapies once his research is complete.
While slightly convincing, anti-vaxxers were immediately skeptical about the authenticity of the claims. A member of Stop Mandatory Vaccination shared the screenshot in the group after finding it online.
Immediately, group members questioned the authenticity of the article. Many said that Cook was too old to receive the HPV vaccination. Therefore, the picture had to be fake.
Others said that if the article was correct the author, aka ME, was publishing medical records without Cook’s permission. By posting his files, they said Cook’s HIPAA rights were violated.
After being tagged numerous times, Cook showed up to answer the burning question. Did he get vaccinated? His response,
There you have it, folks. Despite the elaborate image which included Cook’s personal information, Cook says the rumor is a joke.
After the image was created earlier today, the creator shared the picture with me. While I found the meme hilarious, I worried that Cook might not think the joke was funny. Thank you, Larry, for being such a good sport.
While I did not create this image, I believe the fake meme will get many anti-vaxxers worried. I wish that the picture were real, but alas, April Fools to all of you!
*Katie Joy is a columnist and hosts Without A Crystal Ball on Patheos Non-Religious Channel. She writes articles on parenting, disability advocacy, debunking pseudoscience, atheism, and crimes against women and children.
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