Apparently a lot of people want their mate to be vaccinated. Co-host of "The View" and anti-vaccination advocate Jenny McCarthy tweeted a question Thursday evening:
McCarthy has campaigned against vaccinations since suggesting that her son became autistic following a vaccine.
McCarthy isn't the only celebrity to voice opposition to vaccines. Reality television star Kristin Cavallari recently stated that she has "read too many books about autism" to vaccinate her children.
Many years of research have disproven this claim. After former doctor Andrew Wakefield attempted to connect autism to a series of vaccines, The British Medical Journal found Wakefield's paper to be "fraudulent," and his medical license was revoked. McCarthy wrote the foreword to his book.
We don't vaccinate just to protect our children. We also vaccinate to protect our grandchildren and their grandchildren. With one disease, smallpox, we "stopped the leak" in the boat by eradicating the disease. Our children don't have to get smallpox shots any more because the disease no longer exists. If we keep vaccinating now, parents in the future may be able to trust that diseases like polio and meningitis won't infect, cripple, or kill children.
The National Institute of Health has a graph demonstrating the impact of vaccines in the U.S. For example, Measles cases have dropped 99.9 percent since the introduction of vaccines. The organization provides an example as a warning: "In 1989, low vaccination rates allowed a measles outbreak to occur in the United States. The outbreak resulted in more than 55,000 cases of measles and 136 measles-associated deaths." Click here to view the graph.
People shared similar concerns about skipping vaccines on Twitter:
UPDATE March 17 -- McCarthy posted the following tweet on Monday:
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