Anti-vaccination people go off the edge – alleging that parents who lost their child to a preventable disease have monetary motives.
Grieving parents who lost a baby to whooping cough have lashed out at a University of Wollongong researcher who questioned their motives for going public with their story.
Judy Wilyman, a PhD student and former Illawarra high school teacher, questioned whether Toni and David McCaffery had been paid to promote the whooping cough vaccine.
Ms Wilyman said the State Government was using four-week-old Dana’s death and “the mantra of seeing sick babies gasping for air” to push the vaccine.
On the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN) website, Ms Wilyman said she was “concerned to know if the McCafferys have received any money either directly or indirectly for promoting this cause”.
“Can you assure me that the McCafferys have not received any money from the skeptic groups or any other lobby group for vaccines?” she asked.
Tip: @DrRachie on Twitter
How low can you go, AVN supporters? [Note that the AVN has a deceiving name, they are against vaccinations, not in favor of them.]
Toni McCaffrey replied:
“Dana is not an anecdote. We do not receive money for warning people about whooping cough. That is the most disgusting allegation.”
The AVN are known for rather disgusting methods of promoting their message. To allow a commenter to accuse parents of taking money to promote vaccines is pretty sick. The McCafferys and vaccine advocacy organizations promote vaccines because LACK of them (the anti-vax position promoted by the AVN) resulted in the death of this little girl.