There are certain insufferable opinions and ideologies people have that, unfortunately, spread like an infectious disease through society. They are head-scratching inducing perplexities that really go to show you how we have an education problem in the United States.
Some of the worst of these conspiracy theorist subcultures are 9/11 “truthers,” the flat-earth society and the most damaging of all, anti-vaxxers.
And this famous actress just came out as an anti-vaxxer and people are furious with her.
The anti-vaccination movement is one of the most dangerous threats in America that could cause a severe health crisis.
If you’re not familiar with the movement, a large majority of these people with no medical or scientific qualifications base their refusal to vaccinate their children spuriously on alleged short and long-term side effects. In general, they believe vaccinations cause autism in children but this has been proven time and time again to be categorically false.
They make the argument that vaccines are deadly poisons – an “agenda” by the medical community that is different from disease prevention – but in reality, they prevent polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella, mumps, tetanus, rotavirus, and Haemophilusinfluenzae type b. Vaccinations make humans immune to those deadly diseases.
And actress Jessica Biel shocked everyone when she recently joined forces with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has “focused increasingly on baseless allegations that vaccines are unsafe and can injure a statistically miniscule population of ‘medically fragile’ children.” Kennedy called it “pharmaceutical propaganda.”
Both appeared at the California State Assembly on Tuesday to lobby against SB276, which would “limit medical exemptions from vaccinations without approval from a state public-health officer.”
Anti-vaxxer advocates are furious with the new bill because it would reduce medical exemptions by nearly 40 percent.
In 2015, Biel and her super pop star husband, Justin Timberlake, vaguely admitted they believed vaccinations “could cause complications,” but this is the first time either part of the couple came out publicly with their opinion.
Kennedy claimed the actress was “upset about the issue because of its particular cruelty.”
He said, “The biggest problem with the bill, which is something I think Jessica is concerned with, is that a doctor who has made a determination—if he has found children in this state whose doctors have determined that they’re too fragile to receive vaccinations—this bill would overrule the doctors and force them to be vaccinated anyways.”
Yes, and rightfully so because an unvaccinated child puts other children (and adults) in harms way if they are not fully vaccinated.
Science writer and paleontologist accurately noted on Twitter, “One of the many reasons I absolutely fume over this stuff is that celebrities have *so* much influence and one Jessica Biel can drown out the wisdom of 100s of doctors/scientists.”
The worst part is that celebrities have too much influence and could literally kill people, especially when you consider there are approximately 100,000 cases of the measles every year and there was recently an outbreak, due to, you guessed it, unvaccinated children. And it’s unfortunately on the rise.
Ex: “At two public charter schools in…Sebastopol, more than half the kindergartners received medical exemptions from state-required vaccines last school year.”
This chart really sums it up, so the new bill is obviously in response to this seemingly growing issue. pic.twitter.com/nXYDlcTmNP
— Shaena Montanari (@DrShaena) June 13, 2019
When asked about the largest number of recorded cases in the United States since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000, Kennedy insisted, “The measles epidemic has almost nothing to do with unvaccinated children. Particularly the medically fragile children have nothing to do with it.”
And their power of influence could result in the deaths of many children.