Wednesday, October 01, 2008

In which Jenny McCarthy puts up my blood pressure

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 not cause 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.)


Stimey said...

Amen, sister. I saw her on TV talking about her kid's stripper pole yesterday.

The thing that makes me mad about her is that she talks about "mothers in the autism community" as if we all agree with her.

And vaccines? Yes, I would prefer my son to have autism than a fatal case of measles, thank you.

I have to end my comment, because my blood pressure is up too.

misha_k said...

I completely agree with you. I'd much rather have my son alive and autistic and enjoy the wonderful boy he is than dead from a vaccine-preventable disease.

I haven't seen any of the clips yet, but I've read plenty of commentary on other blogs.

It annoys me to no end how she thinks she talks for all mothers in the autism community. She certainly does not talk for me.

Casdok said...

Well said!
Thankfully we dont get to see her over here!

Talair said...

She is such a nut job. I'd absolutely take autism over fatal diseases any day. As a matter of fact, we're taking our kids for flu shots this Saturday. Even if the flue didn't kill lots of people every year, it's still a most miserable experience to have it, so why would I intentionally want my family to go through being so sick when I can avoid it? I can't understand these people.

CC said...

ABSOLUTELY!!!! One of my friends with 2 boys with Autism is a big blogger about the same thing. Her going on and on and scaring half the country is dangerous!