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Jenny McCarthy: 'For Years I Have Been Wrongly Branded As 'Anti-Vaccine'

In a write-up for the Chicago Sun-Times, Jenny McCarthy claims she was never anti-vaccine.

'The View' co-host, who first voiced her opinion on vaccines in an appearance on 'Larry King Live' in 2008, says she's actually pro-vaccine.

"I am not 'anti-vaccine,'" writes the 41-year-old. "This is not a change in my stance nor is it a new position that I have recently adopted."

"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," says McCarthy, whose son has autism.

"What happened to critical thinking? What happened to asking questions because every child is different?," she continues. "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."

"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 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?"

"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," she concludes. "One size does not fit all.. God help us all if gray is no longer an option."

McCarthy is obviously backtracking after being the subject of ridicule for years over her comments in 2008, in which she said: "The amazing thing is that I want people to know first off -- because a lot of the things that we're going to talk about is vaccines -- is that I'm not, nor is the autism community, anti-vaccine. We're anti-toxin and we're anti-schedule. But the thing is, the way I treated Evan and the way a lot of the way these parents are treating their kids is not treating autism. We are treating vaccine injury and the kids are getting better."

"We need to get rid of the toxins, the mercury -- which I am so tired of everyone saying it's been removed. It has not been removed from the shots."

"In 1983, the shot schedule was 10. Ten shots. The whole schedule now is 36 shots given. I personally haven't heard of that many people falling off the map that we needed to implement 26 new shots in this time. And isn't it ironic, in 1983 there was 10 shots and now there's 36 and the rise of autism happened at the same time?"

"And parent after parent after parent says I vaccinated my baby, they got a fever and then they stopped speaking and then became autistic."

When King asked if the information was scientific or statistical, McCarthy replied: Well, I believe that parents' anecdotal information is science-based information. And when the entire world is screaming the same thing -- doctor, I came home. He had a fever. He stopped speaking and then he became autistic."

"I can't -- I can see if it was just one parent saying this. But when so many -- and I speak to thousands of moms every weekend and they're all standing up and saying the same thing. It's time to start listening to that. That is science-based information. Parents' anecdotal is science-based information."

April 14, 2014 |

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