Jenny McCarthy: I Am NOT Anti-Vaccine!
Jenny McCarthy attempts to clarify her controversial opinion on vaccination in a new column published on Saturday.
For years, “The View” host has famously questioned conventional wisdom on the vaccination of children, arguing that there is a link between the practice and disorders such as autism, which affects her son Evan.
McCarthy now writes in The Chicago Sun-Times, “I am not ‘anti-vaccine.’ This is not a change in my stance nor is it a new position that I have recently adopted.”
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 is upset that “blatantly inaccurate blog posts” have skewed her position. “What happened to critical thinking?” she asks. “What happened to asking questions because every child is different?”
The TV personality writes:
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?
McCarthy stresses that she is interested in the “gray area” on vaccines. “I believe in the importance of a vaccine program and I believe parents have the right to choose one poke per visit,” she explains. “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?” McCarthy concludes, “God help us all if gray is no longer an option.” What do you think about what she says?