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Mom's Viral Post Nails Why Kat Von D's Anti Vaxx Stance Is So Dangerous

Famous tattoo artist Kat Von D caused a firestorm online last week after she announced that she was strictly anti-vaxx and would be raising her son without vaccinations.

The Kat Von D Beauty founder posted a lengthy post on her Instagram page effectively asking her fans and followers to refrain from posting any unsolicited advice on her pregnancy. She wrote about her father's reaction when she informed him she was opting to have a midwife and doula instead of an OB/GYN (which is actually quite common) before writing that she's dealt with a lot of criticism over her personal choices. She then added that she was intending not to vaccinate her child.

"If you don’t know what it’s like to have the entire world openly criticize, judge, throw uninformed opinions, and curse you - try being an openly pregnant vegan on Instagram, having a natural, drug-free home birth in water with a midwife and doula, who has the intention of raising a vegan child, without vaccinations," she wrote.

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I knew the minute we announced our pregnancy that we would be bombarded with unsolicited advice. Some good and some questionable - unsolicited none the less. I also was prepared for the backlash and criticism we would get if we decided to be open about our personal approach to our pregnancy. My own Father flipped out on me when I told him we decided to ditch our doctor and go with a midwife instead. If you don’t know what it’s like have people around you think you are ridiculous, try being openly vegan. And, if you don’t know what it’s like to have the entire world openly criticize, judge, throw uninformed opinions, and curse you - try being an openly pregnant vegan on Instagram, having a natural, drug-free home birth in water with a midwife and doula, who has the intention of raising a vegan child, without vaccinations. My point being: I already know what it’s like to make life choices that are not the same as the majority. So your negative comments are not going influence my choices - actual research and educating myself will - which i am diligently doing. This is my body. This is our child. And this is our pregnancy journey. Feel free to follow me on here if you like what I’m about - whether it’s tattooing, lipstick, Animal Rights, sobriety, feminism, ridiculous gothiness, black flower gardening, cats, or my adorable husband. But if you don’t dig a certain something about what I post, i kindly ask that you press the unfollow button and move the fuck on. So before anyone of you feel inspired to tell me how to do this, I would appreciate you keeping your unsolicited criticism to yourself. More importantly, for those who have amazing positive energy to send my way, I will gladly and graciously receive it with love! X

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Naturally, those who understand the importance of vaccinations were dumbfounded that Kat would refuse to protect her child from so many deadly diseases. One beauty expert, blogger and vlogger Caroline Hirons, took to her Instagram page to share her own scary story and why exactly Kat Von D's anti-vaxx statement is so dangerous.

Hirons took to social media to share a story of when her own 23 year old son came down with the mumps, a disease once mostly eradicated by vaccinations that has now become more prevalent thanks to the increase in parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. Hirons has written in the past about her son's very traumatic experience with the mumps, but this time she specifically called out Kat Von D to try to let them know of the real dangers of these 'benign diseases.'

Hirons pointed out that all of her children have received all of their vaccinations, which she noted are only 80% effective.

*swipe across- When our son was rushed to the emergency room last summer in a convoy of two ambulances and four paramedics (they sent for the main team because Dan was so dehydrated that the initial paramedic couldn’t find a vein), he had a raging fever and was hallucinating. He couldn’t see us when we were leaning over him. He felt his body shutting down. The team worked on him for over 15 minutes in the ambulance before they were cleared to ‘move off’. When we arrived at the hospital they immediately quarantined us and put him in critical care. Four IV drips. For 48 hours. He spent a week quarantined in the critical care unit - in the dark, because the crushing migraine he had for three weeks would not leave, even with morphine. His fever took a week to come down within normal range, even with the best of modern medicine available. At the time he was a 23 year old man, fitter than most, who played football for approx 4 hours a day. Mumps felled him. He lost over two stone in weight. Without intensive medical intervention he would not be here. Now imagine he was a baby. Or someone with a compromised immune system. When I see people like @thekatvond using their platform to promote raising her unborn child ‘without vaccinations’, I want her and the drones of ill-advised people underneath, including @kandeejohnson to see and know that this is the reality of ‘benign diseases’. You have the absolute unbelievable arrogance of a ‘choice’, because the rest of us responsible people/parents DID vaccinate. These diseases were almost gone, now they are back because some people think they know better than all the scientists, physicians and specialists in modern science. As I said in my post last year, vaccinate your kids. Or keep them the hell away from mine. (I took endless pictures of Dan in hospital to keep Jim up to speed as he had stayed home with our younger, traumatised kids. Dan gave his full permission for me use the picture and tell the story in detail. He’s our hero. And no, I am obviously not talking about you if you are unable to have the vaccines. You are who the rest of us should be trying to protect.) #savethenhs

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She once again shared the story of her 23-year-old son, who at 6'4 and "built like a linebacker" was rendered completely incapacitated after contracting the mumps. She wrote that Dan spent "a week quarantined in the critical care unit - in the dark, because the crushing migraine he had for three weeks would not leave, even with morphine. His fever took a week to come down within normal range, even with the best of modern medicine available."

Her son lost 30 pounds during his hospital stay, and she reiterates that without medical intervention he would have lost his life. She then asks what the outcome would be if her son was an infant, or someone who had a compromised immune system? This is why herd immunity is so important, because it protects those who can't protect themselves.

"When I see people like @thekatvond using their platform to promote raising her unborn child ‘without vaccinations’, I want her and the drones of ill-advised people underneath," Hirons writes, "to see and know that this is the reality of ‘benign diseases’. You have the absolute unbelievable arrogance of a ‘choice’, because the rest of us responsible people/parents DID vaccinate."

She went on to point out that there are many diseases that were almost eradicated that have now begun to make an appearance again thanks to the rise in anti-vaccination mentality. Hirons hopes that by sharing her story people will understand the true need for vaccinations, specifically pointing out that she's not talking about those who are unable to receive vaccinations on their own. "You are who the rest of us should be trying to protect," she writes.

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