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Jenny McCarthy: I'm Not Anti-Vaccine

By    |   Monday, 14 April 2014 03:47 PM

Actress and model Jenny McCarthy, one of the most visible critics of U.S. childhood-vaccine efforts, now says she is not "anti-vaccine," but is simply advocating the development of safer shots and inoculation schedules for kids.
 
In a column for the Chicago-Sun Times Splash section, to which she is a regular contributor, the 41-year-old former Playboy Playmate of the Year said she has always supported vaccinations for children as a "pro-vaccine" advocate, but that her son Evan, who has autism, prompted her to question the vaccine schedule recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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"I am not 'anti-vaccine.' This is not a change in my stance nor is it a new position that I have recently adopted," said the View co-host. "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."
 
McCarthy claimed "blatantly inaccurate blog posts about my position have been accepted as truth by the public at large as well as media outlets,"  and that she asked for a schedule for her own child that would allow one shot per visit instead of the multiple shots at once.
 
"I am passionate about important conversations on how we can improve health care for our children and generations to come," she added. "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."
 
Despite strong evidence from numerous studies that there is no association between vaccines and autism, polls show many Americans falsely believe such a link exists. Some parents are opting not to vaccinate their children out of fear, or are only allowing a limited number of vaccines — a trend public health specialists say has led to troubling new outbreaks of measles, whooping cough, and other life-threatening illnesses that vaccines can prevent.
 
Some child health advocates have criticized McCarthy and others for speaking out against childhood vaccines, suggesting their arguments have confused the issue and led to broad misunderstandings among many parents who may not investigate non-biased scientific sources for the truth about vaccine safety.
 
McCarthy argued that it is a "misconception that we want to eliminate vaccines," and that  the issue is not black-and-white. "Please understand that we are not an anti-vaccine group. We are demanding safe vaccines. We want to reduce the schedule and reduce the toxins."
 
She added:
 
"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?"

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Jenny McCarthy, one of the most visible critics of U.S. childhood-vaccine efforts, now says she is not 'anti-vaccine,' but is simply advocating the development of safer shots and inoculation schedules for kids.
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