Why are my parents anti-vaxxers

Esoteric advent calendar, door 9: Anti-Vax influencer as the angel of death from Samoa

Taylor Winterstein is a vaccination critic and has a healthy sense of self. The woman, who was born in Samoa and lives in Australia, blames the Samoa government for the meanwhile more than 50 measles deaths. According to Winterstein's crude thesis, the government of the Pacific island would have failed to supply the population with sufficient vitamin A. For some time now, Winterstein has also been supplying the population of Samoa - with crude and emotionally charged anti-vaccination propaganda. With her program "Making Informed Choices" she travels through cities in Oceania, among other things to encourage people to "free vaccination decisions and to educate people about vaccination damage." It is no coincidence that a woman like Winterstein is heard on an island in the Pacific.

Winterstein: An avatar like something out of a picture book

If an advertising agency had to create an avatar for an influencer who started a crusade against vaccination in Oceania, the result would be something like this: an attractive woman in her prime, who also celebrates her motherhood, on her stylish blog "Taywasmovement" and on Instagram advertises home births, has tips for a natural life and praises one or the other dietary supplement. She is married to a dashing Samoan rugby superstar who is hard at giving in sport, but lets his Taylor fill the vat for the gentle water birth in the house. The catch with the story: Winterstein is not an avatar, it is real, just like her "success" in Samoa. The distinctive influencer and vaccination opponent has helped epidemics gain a foothold.

Worldwide on the go when it comes to disease: Taylor Winterstein.

Disastrously poor vaccination rates in Samoa

Of the roughly 200,000 inhabitants of the manageable island, more than every hundredth person is now infected with measles. More than 50 people have now died of the epidemic, mostly unprotected children, and one family even mourns three dead children. According to the WHO, the vaccination rate for children under five has collapsed in the past four years, from 84 to 31 percent - this is one of the lowest values ​​in the world. The government has declared a state of emergency because of measles, which is not surprisingly affecting the island. In June of that year, Winterstein had come to Apia (the capital of Samoa) to promote the epidemic with her "Make Informed Choices" show. The spectacle was canceled under pressure from the Samoan government. The Samoan Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) found clear words six months ago: "This woman is a threat to public health in Samoa." That was months before the measles epidemic broke out.

Winterstein's crude theses for a "gentle and natural cure" of measles with vitamins fell on fertile ground even among the island's residents. The Samoan farmer Edwin Tamasese - one of the spokesmen for the Samoan friends of the disease - posted a recipe against measles on Facebook on December 5th: "1000 milligrams of vitamin C dissolved in water every 3 hours as a drink. That will save our children." Tamasese was arrested on December 5 for his radical opposition to the Samoan government's efforts to combat measles.


Despite the human catastrophe in Samoa, Winterstein is prepared to make tasteless comparisons. She compares the government's current measures to vaccinate the population under the hashtag #NaziSamoa with the methods of the National Socialists. In view of the tragedy in Samoa, the Gurutest Foundation has decided not to give a humorous star rating. However, she cannot completely avoid recommending a long-distance trip to the Pacific Ocean to friends of the disease in order to see with her own eyes what "vaccination criticism" ultimately means: dead children. (Christian Kreil, December 9, 2019)

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