An anti-vaccine group called CrazyMothers has issued a plea to retire the term 'anti-vaxxers' because 'derogatory'.
In social media posts on Sunday, the group said it is 'dismissivemy [sic] simplistic, highly offensive and largely false' to call them 'anti-vaxxers' despite the fact that their members oppose vaccinations.
The group's philosophy hinges on debunked studies linking vaccines to diseases and disorders such as autism, a theory peddled by disgraced British doctor Andrew Wakefield, whose work on the subject has been pulled from every journal it was published in.
In their plea, CrazyMothers suggested their new nickname could be 'Vaccine Risk Aware.'
Other Twitter users suggested, 'plague enthusiasts' or 'dangerously uninformed and insisting that public health experts indulge your fantasies.'
CrazyMothers posted a plea on Sunday saying it is 'dismissivemy [sic] simplistic, highly offensive and largely false' to call them 'anti-vaxxers' despite the fact that their members oppose vaccinations
The US-based group of mothers against vaccines called for a less 'offensive' name
'It’s supposed to be derogatory,' one Twitter user wrote.
'Anti-vaxxers threaten the lives of children, their own & more importantly other children. Their anti-science extremists who ignore experts & have a delusional sense of their own of their own intellectual & moral significance. They should be mocked.'
Another said: '1. Anyone can be "vaccine risk aware", the vast majority take vaccines as they are "disease risk aware". 2. "Vaccine hesitant" describes those who are unsure/reluctant and ask questions. "Anti-vaxxers" are those who actively campaign to prevent