Dear Matzav Shmooze,
I’m at my wit’s end. Ever since the measles outbreak, I’ve read through hundreds of comments on this site and many others, watching the anti vaxxers argue and spout their nonsense. I’ve spent hours arguing with neighbors and family about the issue and I’ve come to the conclusion that nothing is going to help them understand.
Show them the doctors, science and history of vaccines? They’ll cite their own medical sources that say the opposite.
Show them that Rabbonim and poskim who have said everyone should get vaccinated and they’ll quote their own Rabbonim and poskim who say the opposite.
Explain to them how herd immunity works and why we need them to vaccinate even though we already vaccinated and they’ll explain about viral shedding and how vaccinaters are the ones spreading the disease!
Tell them it’s an issue of lo saamod al dam reyecha and they’ll tell you that chayecha kodmin.
It’s enough to make me want to tear my hair out.
Is there any way to get through to these people or should we stop trying? Because at this point I don’t see any way to make an anti vaxxer realize their mistake. If anyone has ever changed an anti vaxxers mind, please let me know what it is you told them that helped them understand.
At My Wit’s End