Anti-vaxxer harassment online led to canceled immunization events, organizers say

A Nevada-based vaccination organization said it had to cancel two in-person events in December after anti-vaccination activists launched an online harassment campaign against it, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Officials from Immunize Nevada said in a news release that events planned in Reno and Las Vegas in early December had to be canceled after anti-vaccination activists began harassing the venues online, "prompting concerns of demonstrations at the events."

Anti-vaccination activists took to social media, posting on the venues' Yelp and Facebook pages. One poster said a venue was "supporting Big Pharma's agenda by hosting a vaccine incentive program."

Immunize Nevada canceled events and instead held a virtual fundraiser, which raised almost $15,000. The funds will be used to provide vaccines at no-cost to low-income community members, those without insurance and senior citizens.

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