Anti-Vaxxers allegedly circulated memes and clips from an old episode of "Brady Bunch," in which all children cope with the measles, drawing the wrath of one of the series' former stars – saying the virus is no laughing matter.
Maureen McCormick, who portrayed in the popular sitcom "Marcia Brady," told the NPR that she had found out that an anti-vaccination group of Facebook memes with measles from a 1969 episode called "Is there a doctor in the house ? "
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As a result, all the siblings eventually contract the measles, leaving McCormicks to startle Marcia, you must get sick, you can not beat the measles," while playing a game of Monopoly.
Anti-Vaxxer groups allegedly cite the episode to show that health authorities are overreacting to the number of measles cases i In the US, though that number has reached a 25-year high.
"I was really worried and wanted to get to the bottom of it because I was never contacted," she told the NPR. "I think it's really wrong for people today to use people's images to promote what they want to promote and the image of the person they use was not asked or they have no idea where they are to deal with the topic. As a mother, my daughter was vaccinated. "
This year, health authorities have recorded 704 cases of measles, with at least 22 states recording cases of extremely contagious and sometimes fatal disease. The virus has spread rapidly among unvaccinated children, which can lead to permanent hearing loss, encephalitis or other serious complications.
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At some point during the broadcast sequence in Florence Henderson's character Carol Brady describes the symptoms of the young Bobby as a slight temperature, many points and a "big smile" because he missed the school.
"We all giggled and laughed because the whole family is in the" Brady Bunch "" I have the measles, "said Del Bigtree, TV producer and host of an anti-Vaxxer YouTube show, to NPR." Where's the sitcom that made jokes about dying of AIDS or jokes about dying of cancer? "
But for health professionals and former patients like McCormick, that's not funny."
"The measles It was not a funny thing, "she said, according to the New York Post." I remember it spread throughout my family. "
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MMR vaccine can prevent measles, which protects against the virus as well as mumps and rubella.The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends children to receive two doses of MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at ages 1
An estimated 3 to 4 million cases were reported each year in the US before the measles vaccine program began in 1963. Of those cases, 500,000 were reported to the CDC each year, and between 400 to 500 deaths and 48,000 hospitalizations were reported.