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In which Jenny McCarthy puts up my blood pressure

Posted Nov 29 2008 12:21pm
Yes, I was an idiot and watched the segment. No, I'm not linking to it. I think it is enough to quote:

"Without a doubt in my mind, I believe vaccinations triggered Evan's autism."
"When you really think about it, the reason why [the AAP, the CDC, and vaccination companies are reluctant to link autism and vaccines] is because there is such a huge business in pharmaceuticals."
"People are also dying from vaccinations. Evan, my son, died in front of me for two minutes. So you ask any mother in the autism community if we'll take the flu, the measles, over autism any frickin' day of the week. So I think they need to wake up and stop hurting our kids."

I think I'll just take this last challenge. I'm a mother in the autism community. Hi, Ms. McCarthy. Guess what?

I'll take autism any day of the week, and twice on Tuesday, over measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis, chicken pox, meningitis, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, diptheria, tetanus, typhoid, influenza, pneumonia, tuberculosis, or polio. A lot more people have died from these diseases- any one of them- than from vaccination (all of them). The number of deaths reliably traced to a reaction from a vaccine is so low, giving an honest stat is considered impossible (and folks, they think a stat of "severe adverse reaction" is 1/100,000 doses- and have no problem providing that stat.) Is it one in a million? So in the US, about 300 people a year? (Between 1990 and 1992, there was only one reported death plausibly linked to a vaccine.) Did you know that influenza alone kills about 2000 people is the US each year?

I'll take autism over the flu any frickin' day of the week, Ms. McCarthy. Know why? Because autism doesn't kill people. And my autistic child is a beautiful, wonderful, loving child. Every autistic person I have met has been a beautiful, wonderful human being- even those severely effected, who cannot talk, who have trouble responding and coping with the world around them. I'll take that living human being over a dead one any day of the week. Proper vaccination prevents death and disability. It does notcause autism.

Vaccinate your kids. Do it properly. Or keep your kid away from mine until you get them properly vaccinated. (For information about who should NOT be vaccinated, click here.)
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