The best, and truly only, way to develop a link between vaccines and anything is to perform a clinical trial or a powerful and large epidemiological study. But vaccines, despite being reasonably safe, saves about 6 million lives a year. Jenny, in her recent column, is attempting to walk back from her ignorant comments about vaccines (first by claiming she never said them) by manufacturing a more nuanced argument antivaccine belief: I believe in the importance of a vaccine program and I believe parents have the right to choose one poke per visit. Should a child with the flu receive six vaccines in one doctor visit?
So, what else has she said: Of course, I’ve already refuted the trope about vaccines causing autism. For example, over one billion children have been vaccinated against measles. During an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2007, excerpted from Seth Mnookin’s book, The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy, Jenny describes her education on vaccines, autism, treatments: Mc Carthy: First thing I did—Google. She uses her celebrity status to actually misinform people about vaccines, supporting the suspicion that she has contributed to at least some of the vaccine-preventable illnesses and deaths that are made prominent on the Body Count.
From this lovely background of understanding, Jenny explains about autistic children that “when they want that wheat you’re giving them a joint.” If only it were that easy to get high.
Unfortunately, Jenny’s understanding of pharmacology is about as good as all of her other understanding of science.
People like Jenny Mc Carthy like to dumpster dive into the VAERS (the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System) database to show some number of dangers of vaccines like death. If the vaccine companies are not listening to us, it’s their fucking fault that the diseases are coming back. She’s making a provocative statement that lacks any element of fact or truth.
However, it’s generally very difficult to establish causality between vaccines and these adverse events, especially using VAERS data. The choice is really between getting polio or getting the polio vaccination.
And I put in autism and something came up that changed my life, that led me on this road to recovery, which said autism—it was in the corner of the screen—is reversible and treatable. That has to be an ad for a hocus pocus thing, because if autism is reversible and treatable, well, then it would be on Oprah. Why would Oprah consider Google the equivalent to advanced degrees that actually have relevance to vaccine research? Let’s get back to the point – Jenny admitted that her “opinions” about vaccines aren’t based on knowledge derived from a Ph. in a basic biomedical science or based on 20 years of scientific research in a world-class laboratory.