Pediatrician receives death threat for pro-vaccine TikTok video

Nicole Baldwin, MD, a pediatrician in Cincinnati, is facing a death threat and other online harassment after posting a video on social media platform TikTok that was pro-vaccination, according to MedPage Today.

The video shows Dr. Baldwin pointing to a list of diseases that vaccines prevent, set to the tune of a pop song. The video ends with her pointing to text that reads "Vaccines don't cause Autism." The video igot 50,000 views on TikTok before Dr. Baldwin shared it on Twitter, where it has garnered 26,000 retweets and 58,000 likes since Jan. 11.

Now Dr. Baldwin is facing intense backlash from the anti-vaccination community. People have filled her social media accounts with negative comments and left her practice one-star reviews online. On Facebook, an anti-vaccination page posted "dead doctors don't lie" on Dr. Baldwin's page.

She has enlisted the help of a vaccine advocacy network that helps physicians fight online harassment from anti-vaxxers, called Shots Heard Round the World. The group is helping her post positive comments on her social media, taking down fake reviews and banning accounts.

Dr. Baldwin said she does not intend to stop using TikTok and her other social media to engage with people and post about healthcare.

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