Jenny McCarthy claims she isn’t totally ‘anti-vaccine,’ but the comedian’s previous anti-vaccine statement has led millions to not vaccinate their children against deadly diseases. She now writes that her views are actually in a ‘grey’ area. Read on.
Jenny McCarthy has been under fire for years from top doctors and other parents ever since she spoke out on the Larry King Live show in 2008, saying that child vaccines caused her son, Evan’s autism. At the time, she said “that vaccinations triggered Evan’s autism,” but now in a new column for the Chicago Sun Times, she asserts that she’s “pro-vaccine,” but she doesn’t believe in a “one size fits all” schedule.
Jenny McCarthy On Vaccination — There’s A Grey Area
“For years, I have repeatedly stated that I am, in fact, ‘pro-vaccine’ and for years I have been wrongly branded as ‘anti-vaccine,'” she wrote in a Chicago Sun-Times column published April 12.
Now, Jenny says that despite all the medical research and recommendations by the World Health Organization for a life-protection series of childhood vaccination given at set ages, Jenny thinks parents should make their own decisions for vaccinations.
After years of being attacked for her beliefs, Jenny, 41, is speaking out again about vaccinations.
“For my child, I asked for a schedule that would allow one shot per visit instead of the multiple shots they were and still are giving infants,” she wrote. “I am passionate about important conversations on how we can improve health care for our children and generations to come. This is an extremely important discussion and I am dumbfounded that these conversations are discounted and negated because the answers are not black or white. Again I ask, what happened to critical thinking?”
Jenny: ‘One Size Does Not Fit All’
Even though she doesn’t have a medical degree or any medical training, Jenny clearly feels that she and other parents know better than doctors do on how to prevent children from contracting and potentially dying from some diseases like polio and chicken pox. Before childhood vaccinations, thousands of children died every year from these diseases.
Jenny also says she’s demanding “safe vaccines” but does not explain what makes the vaccine safe or how they aren’t safe. The 1998 case study written by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, in which Jenny referred to as linking autism to childhood vaccinations, was later proved to have been fake — now no study has ever shown that there was a link . But Jenny still writes that she believes every child should be vaccinated differently.
“I’ve never told anyone to not vaccinate,” she continued. “Should a child with the flu receive six vaccines in one doctor visit? Should a child with a compromised immune system be treated the same way as a robust, healthy child? Shouldn’t a child with a family history of vaccine reactions have a different plan? Or at least the right to ask questions?”
She insists that there should be a “grey” area in vaccinations.
“I will continue to say what I have always said: ‘One size does not fit all,'” Jenny wrote. “God help us all if gray is no longer an option.”
HollywoodLifers — what do you think of Jenny’s new comments? Do you think she’s always felt that way or that she’s backtracking because of all the negative reactions she’s received? Let us know.
— Maxine Studebaker