Not vaccinating yourself from preventable diseases puts everyone at risk
Jenny McCarthy is well known for spearheading the anti-vaccine movement, which has caused quite a number of needless and preventable deaths. Because of her crusade, outbreaks of preventable diseases have been reported throughout North America, including a current outbreak of measles here in New York City and Western Canada.
There are plenty of movies and stories out there based upon this exact scenario. You don’t even have to do any of that hard research stuff. We all know where outbreaks of dangerous diseases lead. We need to do everything possible to avoid these situations. You are putting others at risk when you don’t get vaccinated.
“But if you’re vaccinated, why do you care if I’m not?”
Good question, anti-vaccine proponent. The very young and very old may not be vaccinated, and others may not be for various health or religious reasons. Those other non-inoculated people put the young and old at risk. They cause outbreaks, and kill innocent people, usually children and the elderly. While the measles vaccine is effective in approximately 95% of those who receive it, there are still those who will contract the virus.
“No, because vaccinations are what makes you sick!”
Since vaccines typically carry a small but quantifiable health risk in and of themselves after injection, there can be varying degrees of disease symptoms occasionally evident. But they are still overwhelmingly effective. If vaccinated, you are as safe as you can possibly be. You may still contract measles but it will be milder and be far less likely to lethally infect your brain. If the majority of the population is inoculated, it increases overall immunity. Viruses have no easy hosts and face eradication or dormancy after a few years.
“Like I would trust Big Pharma! They make a lot of money from vaccines!”
Vaccinations are barely profitable compared to maintenance drugs like Lipitor, or whatever else. Because of this, vaccine production is actually dropping. Immunized against disease? Well that’s bad business. It’s in the better interest of big Pharma to keep us alive and paying, after all, not dead. This argument is pure fallacy.
Instead, the question for “Anti-Vaxxers” is how they justify not using this process, and how they could possibly be seen as helping children, since we need to continually vaccinate in order to keep viruses in check. Opposing inoculation is ill informed non-science. Nonsense. Malarkey. Fecal matter of male cows. What these people are actually good for is creating hosts for viruses. The more available hosts, the greater the outbreak, and an epidemic does not care what your position on vaccines is.
The best arguments forwarded by those opposed to vaccinations have been debunked. They have others. There’s another that ludicrously says, “I’m not vaccinated and I don’t get sick,” and some other pseudo-scientific claptrap easily dismissed with cursory research, not worth linking to. Suffice it to say, there are many unsupported theories that would never get mentioned in a sane world. And they wouldn’t get mentioned if not for the celebrity endorsement of Jenny McCarthy.
Ms. McCarthy rose to fame for her sense of humor, good looks, and marketing savvy. While many of her critics refer to her supposed lack of intelligence, this isn’t really the case. To stay relevant in the never-ending celebrity news cycle, one needs to be savvy and clever, qualities Jenny possesses in spades. She has gone from fart jokes on MTV to upgrading her image as a comedic maternal figure on ABC’s “The View.” She is a published author followed by millions of people throughout social media. She is intelligent and influential, and it’s an untruth to write her off as stupid.
Because she has been bright enough to stay on top of the media world for so long, she cannot claim innocent ignorance. Instead, she forwarded her agenda with complete disregard for new information. She did not change her position but continued to disseminate information she had to know was questionable at best. Cognitive dissonance is not innocence, it’s willing ignorance.
Therefore, as the case she built her entire anti-vaccination crusade upon has been thoroughly discredited, Ms. McCarthy is partly to blame for the current outbreaks. There is no defense for her on this matter, she has done so willingly. These particular chickens are home, and have been roosting for some time. We should refer to these outbreaks as “The Jenny McCarthy Epidemic.” She is largely responsible for it, so let it be named for her.
There are those who say Ms. McCarthy is not to blame. Nicole Knepper, from Chicago Now, recently defended Jenny. Her main point not already discredited in this very piece ( i.e. Big Pharma reaps huge profits from vaccines ) is as follows: “Blame the media for perpetuating half-truths and preying on our fear and emotionality for the sole purpose of selling swamp water whenever they can get away with it.”
Hmm. Blame the media? Well, Jenny McCarthy is the media. Tune in to “The View,” remember? So by this logic, blaming her for these outbreaks is entirely appropriate. As for selling swamp water, other than her campaign itself, e-cigarettes fit that bill nicely. Jenny sells those, Nicole, so your argument defeats itself, sorry. Other than that, Ms. Knepper is a great writer.
Ms. McCarthy’s willing ignorance does not equal others’ knowledge. I don’t care if you call yourself an indigo mother and that your son is a crystal child, Jenny. That’s just questionable mysticism you are using to justify to yourself that you’re better than the rest of us. I won’t stand for that, especially in the face of your blatant hypocrisy. Sure, you’re out to save kids from evil vaccines, but you want them to buy awesome nicotine, right? They’re even flavored like fruit candy! Yum!
There was a terrified old lady at the Rite-Aid this week. I walked in with my son happily babbling in his stroller, and she seized my arm. Startled, I looked into her eyes as she pointed at my boy, “The measles! There’s a measles outbreak! You gotta be careful! I know! I remember!”
So smoke the e-cigs if you got ‘em, everyone. See if they help you deal with The Jenny McCarthy Epidemic. It isn’t going away soon, and that’s too bad for the rest of us.
“You don’t talk about the spherical Earth with NASA, and then say, ‘Let’s give equal time to the Flat Earthers.’ Science is not there for you to cherry pick.”~ Neil deGrasse Tyson