When Jenny McCarthy was interviewed by Time Magazine for an article published (appropriately) in the April 1 issue, the interviewer pointed out that the collaborator on McCarthy’s latest book, Jerry Kartzine, only recommends that parents accept the haemophilus influenzae type B (HIB) and tetanus vaccine for newborns and but not necessarily any others, to which Jenny responded:
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___ing fault that the diseases are coming back. They’re making a product that’s s___. If you give us a safe vaccine, we’ll use it. It shouldn’t be polio versus autism.
And later in the interview, Jenny said:
People have the misconception that we want to eliminate vaccines. Please understand that we are not an antivaccine group. We are demanding safe vaccines. We want to reduce the schedule and reduce the toxins. If you ask a parent of an autistic child if they want the measles or the autism, we will stand in line for the f___ing measles.
Jenny is of course trotting out the old myth that measles is harmless, a claim she and other anti-vaccinationists (or those proclaiming infants should only receive a whopping 2 vaccines) make repeatedly. They also laugh at the doctors warning of the risks of possible epidemics chicken pox, flu, and many other diseases that have become perceived as harmless in our post-vaccine world. And one of the many diseases folks like Jenny would gladly trade for their kids’ autism is whooping cough.
Well the parents of 4-month-old Dana McCaffery, like everyone else, didn’t have that choice because autism has nothing to do with vaccines. But since Dana was too young to be vaccinated against whooping couch, which Jerry Kartzine and Jenny McCarthy would advise not being vaccinated for at all (at least not for a long time), Dana is dead.
And something tells me that if Dana’s parents had the choice Jenny imagines, they would now happily have chosen autism over their daugher’s whooping cough, especially considering their community was largely unvaccinated ensuring that Dana couldn’t take advantage of herd immunity for protection.
Not your “f___ing fault”, Jenny? Maybe you didn’t personally pull the trigger but Dana McCaffery is a victim of the very ideology you promote in your books. Whooping cough is not 1 of the 2 vaccines you and Kartzine advise parents to get for their children. Dana McCaffery is on you, as are these children here. And unless you reject this madness, there will me more children’s blood on your hands.
And here’s another take on the story.