Anti-Vaccine Movement Takes Online Harassment Into The Real World | NBC News Now

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Published: 12/07/2019 07:01 AM

NBC News’ Brandy Zadrozny reports on how the anti-vaccine movement has grown from an online community to a physical threat for some doctors and legislators. » Subscribe to NBC News: » Watch more NBC video: NBC News Digital is a collecti...

So the anti-vaccination movement has seen sort of a change recently. Usually it's really an online movement. That'S how they've grown! That'S how they fundraise. That'S how you know they've, really gotten people into their movement, but now, partly because of a clamp down on social media. People are really taking this movement sort of to the streets right, so there you'll see them a lot more in pr ...
test with sort of great big, almost westboro baptist style signs with vaccine misinformation, they're targeting big events where they know the media will be there also showing Up at infectious disease conferences like the one that happened last month in new york and they're, showing up and they're really intimidating, harassingfollowing doctors and health advocates and that's been sort of a worrying trend. These people are used to seeing this on their facebook pages, but not so much in real life. So one of the leaders of this new offline movement is a man named josh coleman and josh he's been in the movement for a long time many years, but he's really found his sort of time because he's the person that is designing all these signs he's flying To hawaii to new york to california to meet with all of these local tiny anti-vaccination groups and really unifies the message. So he says he pays for this through the anti-vaccination movement, its little donations, a little people, sortof scrounging together his airfare or a place for him to sleep and that's how he's sort of doing it. He has really taken some offense with some of the more violent episodes that the anti-vaccination movement has seen. He says these aren't a part of our groups, even though they're people that are attending their protests, they're people that are within the community. So one of these was in august senator pan who's, a california state senator who was really the the impetus and the push behind of state law there that closed vaccine exemptions. He was pushed in the street by this this man, this conspiracy, theorist this vaccine, the anti vaccination activist, and he was pushed inthe street by him in august that was sort of a flashpoint and then the next month you had a woman who came to one of These to the senate, the california senate floor and she this is gross, but she spilled a cup of menstrual blood on the senators as they were debating this this law.

So it's really sort of a flashpoint for violence in the movement to, and people like, josh realize and say he realizes that you know his violent rhetoric or the rhetoric that he uses can turn violent, but he says that he's taking steps that that doesn't happen. However, you know the lawmakers and the doctors that are the targets of this harassmentare scared. So the anti-vaccine movement is a very loud, very vocal, they're in-your-face movement, but it's also really important to realize it's, a small small group of very vocal people. That seems you know out sized and what's important to think about is how they affect the larger pro-vaccine movement right, which is almost everybody else. So, on thursday, the centers for disease control and prevention reported that overall, there's been a sixty six percent drop in measles cases worldwide since 2000. Largely thanks to vaccination, the report estimates twenty three point: two million lives have been saved around the world because of the mmr vaccine, but at the same time, in the u. s. our vaccination rates there arepockets, where they aren't sustainable for her immunity and that's causing outbreaks in Places like new york in california and who are creating laws to help combat that so, overall, the anti-vaccine movement isn't having that much of an effect in the u. s. people are still immunizing their kids overall. But what is happening in? What'S the most thing that that doctors and pro health advocates are saying that they're, afraid of is that it'll have a chilling effect because who wants to go up against people that you know will harass you in return? So as these as the anti-vaccine movement spreads lies and conspiracy theories and misinformation, you have a dwindling number of scientists and public health advocatesand parents with you, know, children who could have been saved from vaccines or who were saved from vaccines, who want to speak out and Be the target of that harassment and not to put too fine a point on it, but the cdc doctors, the overall scientific community, all have consensus that vaccines are safe and effective. They do not cause autism as some conspiracy conspiracy theorists have alleged.

They don't cause death. They don't cause all of the things that the anti-vaccine movement signs are saying that they do hey nbc news viewers, thanks for checking out our youtube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here towatch. The latest interviews show highlights, and digital exclusives thanks for watching.

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