Mark Zuckerberg posts photo of daughter getting vaccines.

Anti-Vaxxers Go Nuts When Mark Zuckerberg Posts Photo of Daughter at Doctor’s Office

Anti-Vaxxers Go Nuts When Mark Zuckerberg Posts Photo of Daughter at Doctor’s Office

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Jan. 9 2016 1:43 PM

Anti-Vaxxers Go Nuts When Mark Zuckerberg Posts Photo of Daughter at Doctor’s Office  

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Mark Zuckerberg and his daughter, Maxima, visit the doctor's office in this picture posted on Facebook on Jan. 8, 2016.

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It was a brief post with a big message. Facebook head honcho Mark Zuckerberg posted a photo on the social network of him and his daughter accompanied by five words: “Doctor's visit—time for vaccines!” It’s difficult to imagine Zuckerberg didn’t want to send a subtle message of endorsement for vaccines with his post, particularly considering Silicon Valley has a lower-than-average rate of vaccination, according to Wired.

The photo immediately riled up anti-vaxxers who criticized Zuckerberg for putting his daughter at risk with the vaccinations. Some even accused him of taking money from drug companies for the endorsement. But many of the comments were also positive, praising the Facebook founder for taking a stance in favor of vaccinating toddlers. “It's kinda sad that we now live in a world in which we congratulate people for vaccinating their kids. Look at how far we have regressed due to science illiteracy,” wrote Carlos Muñoz.

Doctor's visit -- time for vaccines!

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Friday, January 8, 2016
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