- Alyssa Jackson, 17, and her sister recently thanked their mother for vaccinating them with an ice cream cake.
- The Pennsylvania sisters posted a video on TikTok showing them decorating a cake with the words “Thx 4 vaccinating us, Mum.”
- The viral video comes amid a national conversation on vaccinating children, with some parents believing disproven claims that certain vaccines cause autism.
- Decades of scientific studies that have researched hundreds of thousands of people have concluded vaccines are safe, effective, and have no link to autism.
Mother’s Day came early for one Pennsylvania woman, whose daughters thanked her for vaccinating them with an ice cream cake.
Alyssa Jackson, 17, recently posted a video to TikTok, showing her and her sister buying their mother a cake, decorating it with the words “Thx 4 vaccinating us, Mum,” and then surprising her with the dessert.
Jackson told Buzzfeed News that her and her sister came up with the idea after they picked up her vaccination records so she could switch schools and stopped at Dairy Queen for lunch.
The video shows them picking up cake decorating supplies from a local store and then inscribing the cake with their special message.
They then bring the cake home and surprise their mother, who bursts into laughter while working at her desk.
“I am happy that I’m vaccinated, because I have seen that some old-time diseases are coming back,” Jackson told Buzzfeed. “I’m glad my mum hasn’t contributed to that.”
The video comes amid a new outbreak of measles in the US that CDC officials have blamed on pockets of the country with unvaccinated populations.
Measles is a highly contagious illness than can turn deadly. The CDC declared it was eradicated from the US in 2000 thanks to widespread vaccination.
But it’s started to make a comeback in recent years as some parents have decided not to give their kids the vaccine –despite decades of scientific studies that have researched hundreds of thousands of people and concluded the shot is safe, effective, and has no link to autism.
Earlier this month, an Ohio teen testified before Congress about how he went behind his mother’s back to start getting his vaccinations after he turned 18 because he feared for his health.
Eric Lindenberger said his mother’s heart was in the right place, but chose to believe conspiracy theories over science.
“There seems to always be two sides to a discussion,” he said. “This is not true in the vaccine debate.”
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