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Bagley: The missing manual - Jenny McCarthy and vaccines

Published November 13, 2013 4:41 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

For those of you who would never admit you aren't hip enough to get every Pat Bagley cartoon - but weren't sure about today's - some background:

Jenny McCarthy's dangerous views — Michael Specter | The New Yorker

" ... McCarthy, who is savvy, telegenic, and pulchritudinous, is also the person most visibly associated with the deadly and authoritatively discredited anti-vaccine movement in the United States. ..."

And

I've Got Whooping Cough. Thanks a Lot, Jenny McCarthy. — Julie Ioffe | The New Republic

"... Vaccinations work by creating something called herd immunity: When most of a population is immunized against a disease, it protects even those in it who are not vaccinated, either because they are pregnant or babies or old or sick. For herd immunity to work, 95 percent of the population needs to be immunized. But the anti-vaccinators have done a good job undermining it. In 2010, for example, only 91 percent of California kindergarteners were up to date on their shots. Unsurprisingly, California had a massive pertussis outbreak. ..."

And

Maybe Jenny McCarthy isn't solely to blame for TNR writer's whooping cough — Twitchy

"... While we agree that McCarthy is a font of misinformation on vaccines, there are other factors at work here. ..."

OK. You can laugh now.