Jesse McCarthy, a well-known celebrity, insists that she is not part of the anti-vaccine movement in America. Other celebrities may be a part of such a movement, but she is not.
This anti-vaccination movement started in the 1990s when a British doctor wrote an article that said that the measles/mumps/rubella vaccine could cause autism in children. The article was published in the medical journal called The Lancet. This journal investigated the article and found that the article was built on false data and false research. The message of the article spread across the Atlantic and some American parents do not believe that their children should be vaccinated.
This anti-vaccinated movement has been helped by celebrities like Jenny McCarthy in the past. Now, she insists that she does not object to vaccines. She recently told a Chicago Times columnist that she is not against vaccines. She is in a gray zone when it comes to vaccines. A current host of The View says that she has had some problem with some vaccines that may cause developmental disorders in children. She never really wanted to eliminate vaccines.
McCarthy, who insists that she is not anti-vaccine, just wanted to give parents choices when it comes to vaccines. The parents should be able to determine how many shots that the children get per visit. All children should not get the same amount of vaccine as children are not quite the same.
McCarthy’s belief in parents controlling the amount of vaccine comes from her experience with her 11-year-old son named Evan who happens to have autism. She says that her son inspired her to questions the “one size fits all” way that doctors schedule the vaccines. She asked her son’s doctor to only give one shot instead of numerous shots.
This celebrity says to be a complicated issue. She should be overlooked because she does not give black or white answers.
A science writer for Time Magazine interviewed her in 2009 and was not so kind to her. He started out by saying that outbreaks of measles, mumps and whooping-cough had continued to appear in America because of parents refusing to have their children vaccinated due to ant-vaxx people like her. McCarthy should stop playing cute and decide what side she is on.
Some doctors recognize the fact that there are toxins in vaccines, but the toxins are in very small amounts. Formaldehyde is part of some vaccines. The amount of this toxin is so little that a person could get more of this toxin from eating a toxin. The amount of additional toxins is just as small. All doctors believe that the amount of toxins in vaccines are just too small to be concerned about.
Whether she meant to or not, McCarthy is one of the celebrities that greatly influences American parents when it comes to vaccinations. She is one of the reasons that 19 states have “personal belief” laws when it comes to vaccinations. A parent has a right to tell a doctor that they refuse to have their child vaccinated.
Jenny McCarthy insists that she is not anti-vaccine. She is in a gray zone when it comes to vaccinations and her views are not as black or white as a person might think.
Opinion by Tom Clark