A pediatrician has gone viral after claiming they have found a way to deal with anti-vaxx parents and trick them into vaccinating their children.
As the 4th-year medicine student training to become a doctor wrote on Reddit, they once had to deal with a persistent parent who strongly believed that vaccines are a part of a great conspiracy.
In order to get them to vaccinate their child and do what’s best for them, however, the pediatrician the student was working with came up with a brilliant idea to trick the parent into vaccinating their child.
“4th-year med student reporting in. Had a rotation with a pediatrician where we ended up in the classic encounter with an anti-vaccination parent,” user named _Haliax_ wrote on Reddit.
“This lady was a conspiracy theory magnet. She casually mentioned everything from 9/11 to chemtrails. Of course, she loved the idea of the vaccine conspiracy as well, opting to not protect her one year old to stick it to big pharma.
“I relayed all of this to my attending after my exam (I would see the patient first, gather history and do my exam to present to my attending physician). He got this sort of lazy smirk on his face that screamed: ‘watch this.’
“We go back into the exam room and we cover all of the important bits of a well-child encounter. Growth charts, behavioral milestones, nutrition, sleep… And then we get to vaccines. She lists approximately 15 reasons why vaccines are more dangerous than the disease they protect against (lol) in addition to the various evils of the pharmaceutical industry.”
“My attending listens quietly until she’s done with her soapbox (about one eternity later), and then interjects with: ‘Have you considered the possibility that anti-vaccine propaganda could be an attempt by the Russians or the Chinese to weaken the health of the United States population?’
“In a moment of catastrophic cognitive dissonance, I swear I heard a strange popping noise as her brain misfired. It actually broke her. The allure of the increasingly ridiculous conspiracy theory was just too strong.
“She ended up agreeing to a modified vaccine schedule. I was flabbergasted. My attending just grinned at me in response. To this day I’m not sure the medical ethics of the situation are totally palatable, but goddamn the result was amazing.”
After sharing their story online, the student received a lot of responses from people who praised the pediatrician’s way to deal with anti-vaxx parents.
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