Jessica Biel is a celebrity perhaps best known for her marriage to Justin Timberlake. But the "Sinner" star made headlines again last week after meeting with California lawmakers to lobby California's SB276 in anticipation of laws that would worsen the procedure for medical vaccine exemptions. The aim of the law is to prevent fraudulent exemptions, especially as a severe outbreak of measles has occurred in the USA. Biel was accompanied by the well-known anti-vaccination activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an environmental lawyer whose family has recently made public his dangerous advocacy, including the comparison of vaccines with the Holocaust.
For the first time, Kennedy posted photos of the two on his Instagram page with a posting to Biel's visit. Inevitably, the press coverage ̵
The actress said she supports both vaccinations and "families who have the right make informed medical decisions for their children. "I do not buy it.
I do not buy it.
In fact, "I'm not an anti-vaccine" is the fallback claim of every anti-vaccine activist. For example, Jenny McCarthy claims that the movement she leads is "… no vaccine movement. We are a plan for a safe vaccination. "In 2014, she even wrote a comment claiming she was a" pro-vaccine "and had" advised anyone not to vaccinate. "
Yes, this Jenny McCarthy.
Andrew Wakefield, the British physician, who in his 1998 study was deprived of the license to carry out a "sophisticated fraud" to link the MMR vaccine to the development of autism, attempted to argue in 2001 that another of his articles "… Not against vaccines. It's about the safest way to deliver these vaccines to children. "At a rally in New York, the scene of the country's largest measles outbreak, Wakefield continued to claim that the MMR vaccine caused autism, and the CDC said it was involved in a conspiracy to mislead people about vaccines, which states that measles, mumps and rubella are harmless and that it is the vaccinated and not the uninoculated who spread the measles.
Dr. Paul Thomas, an Oregon doctor and co-author of "The Vaccine-Friendly Plan," says his book is not vaccine protection: "This is not a vaccine book. It is not a vaccine book. It is a child-friendly, healthy children's book. "He describes himself as a" declaration of consent ". Nonetheless, the book contains general arguments against vaccines and a patient with Thomas's recent tetanus. He was hospitalized for eight weeks at a cost of over $ 800,000.
Kennedy himself has applied a similar tactic. RFK Jr. responded to an editorial by several members of his family that his activities against vaccines did not conflict with the history of the Kennedy family, calling for only "safe vaccines with robust safety tests"
] These are just a few examples more prominent proponents. I could connect with hundreds of ordinary individuals and groups who similarly try to turn their rhetoric against vaccines into something that is tastier to the general public. This means that instead of using anti-vaccines, they use terms such as "pro-medical freedom," "per-vaccine choice," "pro-informed consent," "pro-vaccine safety," or self as "anti-drug." Vaccination "," Anti-Vaccine Mandate "and" Risk awareness for vaccines ".
But no matter what word combination is used, just about all proponents claim that vaccines are dangerous in some way. The fact that such dangers are not underpinned by rigorous scientific research is of little importance.
And Biel pursues the same book despite all the protests. She explains that her advocacy comes from a friend whose child appears to need a medical exemption for the vaccine. Medical exemptions should be rare, but in California they have become increasingly popular lately as unscrupulous doctors sign dozens of exemptions – sometimes for cash. If this exemption is warranted, Biel's friend should be even more invested in maintaining herd immunity – population immunity high enough to prevent the spread of infection – to protect the child. A Legislature official who attended meetings with Biel and Kennedy noted that both had spent a lot of time "talking about their personal beliefs that vaccines are both dangerous and ineffective."
Since not all medical exemptions are legitimate the coworker also reported on the discussion of "… a gene associated with vaccine injury, and when I looked it up, I could only apply it to this anti-Vax The staff later confirmed that it was an indication of variants of the MTHFR gene. Although variants of this gene are extremely common and generally not harmful, anti-vaccine sites have cloned on this gene to gain fraudulent medical exemptions from vaccination – the only exception recognized in California, and more cautious of SB276 would prosecute police.
Recently, the authors published the only research paper, the MTHF combines R variants of the vaccination results, which were pushed back by anti-Vaxxer to justify such exceptions. "It is regrettable that the loose application of our exploratory report has been misinterpreted and has been used to unduly justify the exemption of children from medically indicated vaccines." Author David Reif said.
Especially since the outbreak of California measles in 2015, the split between those who support vaccines and those who have not become more polarized. Those of us who support vaccination are fed up with the benefits of extreme privileges such as Biel and Kennedy, and we use that privilege to weaken the protection against infectious diseases for all of us. Their claim that they are not an "anti-vaccine" is a necessary smoke protection, because the benefits of vaccines are too numerous to deny. Of course, no sensible person could actually be against vaccines. The obfuscation of anti-vaccine beliefs regarding civil and religious freedoms or parental rights does not sound open as anti-science. But I do not believe them and neither do you.