Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Seven Infants in California Have Died of Whooping Cough This Year -- But at Least Jenny McCarthy is Enjoying the Single Life!

Us Weekly brings us the happy news that Jenny McCarthy, the "actress," "comedienne," nude model, and possible future talk-show host, is enjoying her single life. Tremendously.
After parting ways with Jim Carrey four months ago, Jenny McCarthy says she's still single -- and loving it!

"I'm enjoying it tremendously!" McCarthy, 37, told UsMagazine.com of single life at Saturday's 4th Annual Midsummer Night's Dream at Palms Pool & Bungalows in Las Vegas.
Oh, I'm so happy for her! I was worried. How is Jenny McCarthy getting along after her split from Jim Carrey? I often found myself wondering, in the cold darkness of a long sleepless night. That must have been devastating for her!
Her proof: "Look at me in this outfit," she said of her super-skimpy, cleavage-bearing outfit. "Would I not be hitting this? Come on."

She added of the daring look: "I have one more year to pull off an outfit like this, so I better hit it while it's hot."
Isn't it great that she can honestly assess herself like that? She's got one more year to look fabulous in this outfit:

Only one more year of looking like that. That makes 38 she's counting on.

That of course is 38 more years than seven infants in California are going to get. They died this year in an outbreak of whooping cough.
California is in the midst of its worst outbreak of whooping cough in a half-century. More than 2,700 cases have been reported so far this year — eight times last year's number at this point. Seven of the victims, all infants, have died.

And here's what really worries pediatricians like USC's Harvey Karp: Doctors thought they wiped out whooping cough when they developed vaccines decades ago.
That's right -- there's a vaccine for it. And yet children are still dying from it. I guess there must be something wrong with the vaccine. I mean, parents wouldn't knowingly not vaccinate their children against a disease that might kill them, would they?
The California epidemic has raised plenty of questions about the role of vaccination and the increasing numbers of parents who decide not to vaccinate their children. California's Department of Public Health cites three schools in the state where 80 percent of parents have signed a "personal belief exemption" to keep their children from being vaccinated.
Whhhhhhaaaaaaattttttttt? What kind of assholes wouldn't vaccinate their kids against something that might kill them? Why the hell do they have a "personal belief" that their children ought to be exposed to a deadly disease without any protection? And, why am I laying those dead babies at the feet of the "better-hit-it-while-it's-hot" Jenny McCarthy?

Because Ms. McCarthy is one of the "don't vaccinate your babies" crackpots who is spreading discredited propaganda about the supposed dangers of vaccines.
In June 2007 Jenny McCarthy began promoting anti-vaccination rhetoric. Because of her celebrity status she has appeared on several television shows and has published multiple books advising parents not to vaccinate their children. This has led to an increase in the number of vaccine preventable illnesses as well as an increase in the number of vaccine preventable deaths.
Way to go, Jenny McCarthy! And congratulations on still looking good at 37, and enjoying your single life again!

And yes, I know that it's not Ms. McCarthy's fault that stupid parents listen to her and those of her ilk. But she is out there making these claims that fly in the face of all scientific evidence, and building an entire career on it. She has callously and cynically parlayed her success as the mother of a victim of "Big Vaccination," and she deserves nothing but scorn and ridicule as a result. 

And if she can blame vaccines for spreading terrible diseases, I can (at least partly) blame her when people don't vaccinate their children.

In addition to being a "Skeptic," I also have a "skep-tic"; my eye starts twitching whenever I hear about crap like what Jenny McCarthy is selling.

(Link to npr story via Skeptical Inquirer's facebook page)

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1 comment:

A.Jaye said...

Not too long ago the UK was in the midst of anti-vaccination hysteria. The aftermath of the MMR jab debate lives on. I used to know a lad and his missus who swore their son contracted autism after his injection.

He's not the only one:


We say the UK is ten years behind America. If that's the case then Celebrity culture hasn't peaked yet. Because none of our dimwits has the balls to weigh in on anything contentious. If they did they would question Princess Diana's death.

Thanks for illuminating this topic. Whooping Cough is something I hadn't heard of in 20 years. Then again, due to the immunisation controversy even measles is making a comeback.


Tom Cruise's stance on postpartum depression seem pretty innocuous by comparison methinks.