So, last night I saw this tweet about a measles outbreak. Yes, let’s blame Jenny McCarthy for the measles.*
If you’re unaware, Jenny McCarthy has become less famous for her stint on Singled Out and more for her activism about autism and her anti-vaccination stance on the theory that the mercury in vaccines cause autism. Many sources refute the claims, saying they have no basis in scientific fact, and that McCarthy is hurting people by leading the public to believe they shouldn’t get their children vaccinated.
I have some strong opinions about vaccinations myself. I think the flu shot is not only a joke, but really harming us as a population and as individuals. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to vaccinate their child against the chickenpox. Honestly, I’m sort of wary about the HPV vaccination … it just sends off something in my spidey sense.
Yes, polio and diptheria and tetanus … I don’t want those to come back. I’m in the middle about measles, mumps, rubella and whooping cough. Probably should immunize, but if everyone else is, then probably no need to if you’re really scared of vaccines and what they might do. And most likely won’t kill someone if they do get them.
But that’s not really why I’m here. I’m here because what really gets me is how MAD everyone gets. That in and of itself is telling to me. And I’m not talking about regular people. Regular people go, “That woman’s a crazy,” and they go and get their kids vaccinated. I’m talking about the powers that be. The powers that have money to make in all of this. They are hellbent on discrediting her and showing everyone what a lunatic she is. They are SO ANGRY that anyone would question such a basic fact like immunization and DARE to suggest that their product is faulty, is harming someone. They are just furious.
And the fact of the matter is that they are taking apart the one study that she’s pointed to and they have said this and said that … but let’s face it. The tobacco companies looked us straight in the face FOR YEARS and not only did they lie about what awful things were in their cigarettes and how they KNEW they were killing us, but they had the audacity at some points to tell us that they were *good* for us. There have been many companies who have outright lied … told us that their product was good and safe and that we should buy it, KNOWING that if we were even tapped in an accident, our Pinto would blow the fuck up.
So, that’s what drives me mad. The fact that there might not even possibly be room for the fact that this woman is right. That these vaccines ARE fucking kids up. That mercury/thimerosal is NOT what you want to be putting in a BABY’s immune system like 4-6 times before they’re like 3 months old. Even on its face, that seems reasonable. They barely even HAVE an immune system. It doesn’t seem like I should want to be growing it by testing it a bunch. Maybe let it set up a little first?
And people have short memories. When the flu shot was first introduced, it was for old people, kids (?) and people with compromised immune systems. All of a sudden, EVERYONE’s supposed to get a flu shot? And then in the last year, there’s a SUPER STRONG flu shot …. for old people, kids, and people with compromised immune systems? Wait a minute ….
Money, money, money. And I can’t even see a doctor. That’s some messed up shit right there.
*If you read the story they reference, the people who get the measles and start the mini outbreaks are unvaccinated people who TRAVEL ABROAD. It’s not like they spontaneously combust into measles one Tuesday afternoon. And … the people they are infecting would have to be people … who are also unvaccinated, right? So, what are the people who are all about vaccinations worried about? If you’re all vaccinated up, nothing to worry about, right??