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Anti-vaxxers are attacking vocal pro-immunization doctors by smearing them with derogatory online reviews: report

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Taking up the case of Massachusetts General internist Dr. Monique Tello, the Boston Globe reports that anti-vaxx activists are attacking doctors who have called out their conspiracy theories by posting fake reviews on social media.

According to the report, Tello urged parents to get their children — and themselves — vaccinated despite what they hear from the anti-vaxxers claim on children’s health forums or social media platforms.

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Her comments immediately made her a target.

Following her online advice, she was on the receiving end of over 100 negative reviews and one-star ratings on widely-viewed doctor rating websites.

According to Tello, none of the bad reviews came from patients she has seen, and she had to threaten a lawsuit to get the bogus reviews pulled — despite the damage the smears had already done to her reputation.

The Globe notes this is just the latest in the war between the anti-science vaccine conspiracists — who continue to use a debunked study linking the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism — and doctors who are assuring the public to vaccinate their kids and protect them from measles and chickenpox outbreaks that are ravaging communities.

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