Jenny McCarthy Now Saying She Is 'Pro-Vaccine'

jenny mccarthyIt has been widely believed that Jenny McCarthy is anti-vaccine. Ever since her son, Evan (who is now 11) was diagnosed with autism, McCarthy has spoken out on the disorder. Her words are one of the reasons many parents do not vaccinate their children for fear that giving your children shots causes autism.

Now McCarthy wants to clear that up and tell the world that she is really pro-vaccine. Her latest thoughts on the topic may actually have a new set of parents believing what she has to say.

In an article for the Chicago Sun-Times, McCarthy writes:

I am not "anti-vaccine." This is not a change in my stance nor is it a new position that I have recently adopted. For years, I have repeatedly stated that I am, in fact, "pro-vaccine" and for years I have been wrongly branded as "anti-vaccine."  My beautiful son, Evan, inspired this mother to question the “one size fits all” philosophy of the recommended vaccine schedule. I embarked on this quest not only for myself and my family, but for countless parents who shared my desire for knowledge that could lead to options and alternate schedules, but never to eliminate the vaccines.  Blatantly inaccurate blog posts about my position have been accepted as truth by the public at large as well as media outlets (legitimate and otherwise), who have taken those false stories and repeatedly turned them into headlines. What happened to critical thinking? What happened to asking questions because every child is different? 

That's how her post began. It drew me in immediately. Having one's words being twisted is an awful and powerless feeling. Particularly on the matter of parenthood. Jenny goes on:

For my child, I asked for a schedule that would allow one shot per visit instead of the multiple shots they were and still are giving infants.  I am passionate about important conversations on how we can improve health care for our children and generations to come. This is an extremely important discussion and I am dumbfounded that these conversations are discounted and negated because the answers are not black or white. Again I ask, what happened to critical thinking? 

The fact that there are frequent discussions about autism now is important. Just writing about it or thinking about it raises awareness. We all know something more must be done -- and there are many working to find a cure, learn more, give kids the best treatment. And I do believe we need to question everything. Jenny is a mother. First and foremost. Her son was diagnosed with autism. She did what any great parent would do and question everything. Not everyone would come up with the same hypothesis as she did, but this is her journey, her life, her son's life, her son's journey.

I will also say that I never like to discount a mother's intuition. Ever. Even when it comes to vaccines. Jenny's words here ring so true for me:

This is what I believe: I believe in the importance of a vaccine program and I believe parents have the right to choose one poke per visit. I’ve never told anyone to not vaccinate. Should a child with the flu receive six vaccines in one doctor visit? Should a child with a compromised immune system be treated the same way as a robust, healthy child? Shouldn’t a child with a family history of vaccine reactions have a different plan? Or at least the right to ask questions?  I will continue to say what I have always said: "One size does not fit all." God help us all if gray is no longer an option. 

I have refused vaccinations for my children when they have been sick. I have said no to multiple shots in one visit. I've declined getting next year's shots this year in order to save a doctor's visit. I have declined certain immunizations for my children. I also, like Jenny, believe in the importance of a vaccine program. She's right. One size does not fit all.

What do you think of Jenny McCarthy's latest on vaccinations and autism?


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nonmember avatar Anon

Jenny's words, 2009: "I do believe sadly it’s going to take some diseases coming back to realize that we need to change and develop vaccines that are safe. If the vaccine companies are not listening to us, it’s their f*cking fault that the diseases are coming back. They’re making a product that’s sh*t. If you give us a safe vaccine, we’ll use it. It shouldn’t be polio versus autism."

I'd say she was, in fact, making anti vaxx statements here.

lalab... lalaboosh

Why don't you use quotes to identify the parts that are quotes? It's really annoying and I only see it on the stir.

early... earlybird11

Bullsh×× what she should be saying is she is sorry and that after much research, she wants to be clear on where she stands now. She was in fact anti vaccine and caused serious issues as a public figure. Children died due to simple diseases because of their parents following HER very very vocal advice. I lost all tespect for her

Snapp... SnappleQueen

Gawd, Michele, you're as flaky as she is. 

ABCMo... ABCMomma0211

Why is this woman even in the public eye?

And why are parents listening to her about this bullshit????

Vaxs don't cause autism, and it's been proven.....

nonmember avatar Lisa

I find it very strange that people are criticizing Jenny McCarthy and the author of this article without obviously doing their for example, the US vaccine courts awarding money to a family who's daughter developed 'autism-like symptoms' after receiving vaccines? Or the fact that other countries, many of whom far surpass us in infant mortality and disease, give half the vaccines we do? Or the fact that the producers of vaccines have admitted to removing various ingredients in vaccines after they were revealed to be dangerous (after decades of assuring parents they were completely safe?) As the parent of a child with autism, I have spent the last 8 years reading every single bit of research about autism I could get my hands on - what I will tell you is that while I am still pro-vaccine, McCarthy and others like her are acting out of desperation for answers. Perhaps if the medical community could provide actual concrete evidence about causes and treatment, people wouldn't be looking elsewhere for answers.

Jody Alton

The question is not her stance on vaccines or even why she is a public figure.  The question is why parents listen to public figures who know nothing, rather than doing their own homework.  If a child died of polio because a parent who listened to her didn't vaccinate, that's not Jenny McCarthy's fault. 

If she'd advocated throwing your child off a bridge in order to protect him from Jesus' Tyrannosaurus, would you do it? No.  Because you know better. There's no evidence that Jesus has anything to do with tyrannosauruses, or that they are a threat outside the imagination of a couple of crazy people.

But bring in someone who was on MTV when you were a kid, and you'll do what she says instead of what your doctor (who was in med school when you were a kid) says is smart.  It's not her fault.  It's the fault of each and every parent too sheeped to do their own research and listen to real experts.

Angel... AngelSinger

Isn't she the same woman who claimed to cure her son's autism with a diet?

Kate Cooley

And Jim Carrey. Don't forget the Jim Carrey.

Choco... Chocodoxies

"She was in fact anti vaccine and caused serious issues as a public figure. Children died due to simple diseases because of their parents following HER very very vocal advice. " - THIS. She is a large reason that Pertussis came back with a vengence and claimed the lives of so many, not only children but elderly and those that are not able to get vaccines for legitimate health reasons (no, fear of autism is NOT a legitimate health concern as it is not possible).

The fact is, the health of this country depends on herd immunity. If you don't want to see your child in an iron lung, get them vaccinated. Maybe, just maybe, your child will be the 20% that the vaccine is not effective for, and you will be thoroughly destroyed when your child ends up paralized/dead because little Johnny's mother thinks autism is scarier than death, and Jenny McCarthy told her that vaccines cause autism (with zero evidence to back up that assertion whatsoever except her limited education, celebrity persona, and her son who never had autism to begin with). 

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