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Woman posts her first vaccine record: "My parents denied me vaccinations as a child. Today, I was finally able to take my health into my own hands!"

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Sonja Haller, USA TODAY Published 5:52 p.m. ET Jan. 6, 2019
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A woman shared her first and only immunization record after her parents shunned childhood vaccinations.

The Redditorheadlined the photo: "My parents denied me vaccinations as a child. Today, I was finally able to take my health into my own hands!"

The post evoked heaps of praise.

"Thank you for doing this!" wrote one poster. "I have autoimmune disorders that make my vaccinations pretty much useless, and herd immunity allows me to survive without fearing these preventable diseases."

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Wrote another: "Thank you for caring about the rest of humanity and congratulations on getting vaccinated. I hope the shots didn't hurt too much and that you don't have any crummy side effects."

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The Redditor said that after three shots in each arm during a single visit, she was relaxing at home with her cat and playing video games. But she felt flu-like, with muscle aches and twitching.

Her records show she received vaccines for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, tetanus, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), chickenpox and human papillomavirus (HPV).

Make warm memories. Your children will probably not remember anything that you say to them, but they will recall the family rituals - like bedtimes and game night - that you do together.

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But she's heard from haters, too

The woman, who InVerse interviewed and identified as being in her mid-20s, said in her post that she had been "getting a lot of pretty mean messages." There were several posts that implied her immunization record was nothing more than an advertisement for the pharmaceutical industry.

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This poster cautioned readers that science is often fallible.

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First step: 'Talking to my doctor'

The woman uses the handle ToddmanHorseboy, a reference to the TV show "BoJack Horseman."

When asked by Redditors why her parents didn't vaccinate her, the woman said her parents listed three reasons: "Autism," "you don't know what's in them" and "against my religion."

from discussion ToddmanHorseboy's comment from discussion "My parents denied me vaccinations as a child. Today, I was finally able to take my health into my own hands!" .

Other adult commenters on Reddit asked how she went about getting vaccinated, saying they, too, were considering being immunized.

The woman told InVerse, who chose to keep her identity private, that she hopes the viral post will encourage others to investigate their own choices.

“I just want those people to know it is not as scary as I thought it would be. Talking to my doctor was the first step.”

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