The Misinformed and Dangerous Antivax Movement

All babies are born with a deficiency

A deficiency of vitamin K

Without an injection to provide it

Some could bleed internally and die

The mother doesn’t want the injection.

She has the right to refuse this treatment for her child

But the child also has the right of protection

Against possible brain damage and death

Whose right wins? The mother’s or the child’s?

In a 2013 case a mother refused the shot

Her baby girl was sleeping a lot, not feeding

It turns out she had been suffering

Extreme bleeding in the brain over a month

She died 33 days after her mother refused the vitamin

There’s a growing rejection

Of this crucial vitamin K treatment

With the antivaccination movement

It’s ‘unnatural’, therefore dubious

An anti-vaxxer website advises for anyone wanting to escape vaccinations

Skip hospital.

Have a home birth (caesarean? don’t worry)

Buy vitamin K in pill form. Chuck them in bin.

Drink nettle tea. Dandelion tea

Alfalfa sprouts

The Poynter Institute found anti-vaxxers were among the most co-ordinated – and dangerous – misinformers on the internet

Don Matthews

May 2020

Published by donmatthewspoetry

I just like playing round with words. And having fun

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