Sarah Michelle Gellar is pro-vaccine, laments the ‘epidemic’ of whooping cough


Sarah Michelle Gellar

These are photos of Sarah Michelle Gellar outside the Letterman show yesterday to promote her new show, The Crazy Ones. I’m not wild about peplum at all, and matchy-matchy outfits usually drive me insane. Somehow I like how this white dress contains a peplum that gets all matchy matchy with SMG’s shoes. Is that crazy? Sometimes two wrongs do make a right.

Anyway, Sarah is promoting The Crazy Ones, which is her newest television show that also co-stars Robin Williams. He covered Parade a few short weeks ago and seems like a great person. Sarah talks a lot about him in her new Parade interview. Then she goes off on a bit of a rant about childhood vaccinations. Sarah’s very pro-vaccine unlike Jenny McCarthy’s sketchy, slightly murky stance. This could get interesting:

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Starting over with a new show: “I’m so nervous and so excited. It’s a weird combination. I think it’s like getting married. You can’t wait for the day and you’re so excited, but you’re also really, really nervous about the day. We’ve worked really hard. The episodes get better and better and I’m really proud of it, and I’m excited to finally get to share it with everybody. I hope they laugh. In our profession, you have to be so careful. You can be torn apart so easily, just as much as you can be brought up, you can be torn down. I advise anyone in my position to be very careful with what you read and what you watch and what you listen to. For me, I don’t make a show for the critics, I make it for the fans, and I just hope they like it.”

Life on The Crazy Ones set: “It’s a big party! I’ve been doing this job for 32 years, and I’ve never had this much fun. I mean, literally, I am the luckiest. I keep pinching myself. I am so grateful for everything in my life, because this is the most fun I’ve ever had at work.”

Working with Robin Williams: “That is the bucket list, to work with an Academy Award-winning actor and one of the greatest standup comics of all time. I was so nervous meeting him. I mean, he’s a legend! The first time I met him, he leaned over at the table read and said to me, ‘I’m so nervous.’ And I was like, ‘What? Yeah, I’m pretty nervous too.’ But to my kids, he’s Uncle Robin. To me, he’s the kindest, most generous comedian, actor, and person. He calls me every night on the way home: How did I feel about the work? Did I get home in time to see the kids? How are the kids? What do they want for their birthdays? If I went on and gloated about him the way I want to, you would totally think I was making him up.”

How to keep a straight face around Robin: “I do the best I can, and after every episode we have outtakes, and all of America can witness how hard it is to keep a straight face. Honestly, as good as the episodes are, the part we all wait for as a crew is to see what they outtakes use. A lot of them they can’t put on network television. Maybe they’ll do a red band DVD one day of the outrageous outtakes.”

Her new character: “For my character, it’s about finding her inner crazy one. Robin’s character is crazy, and he’s afraid he’s losing the sanity to the crazy, and my character is trying to find her inner crazy. That’s something that I had to learn, because I’ve been working since I was a young child, and I took things so seriously. Then you have children, and you have to learn to let go a little bit and find the inner crazy.”

Balancing career & work: “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, working and having children and wanting to be as present as you can for the children, and as present as you can for your job. It’s very, very difficult. There’s no such thing as a supermom. We just do the best we can. That’s why I’m here today, because if there’s one extra thing I can do to save one child, ten children, or a thousand children from pertussis, then that’s what I’m going to do.”

The importance of vaccinations: “Having children is the greatest gift anyone’s ever given me, and if I can help protect anyone else’s gift, then it’s not just my pleasure, but it’s my responsibility to do it. Every person can say, ‘Oh, I wanted to go visit my friend’s newborn, but I had a cold so I didn’t go.’ Well, why would you also potentially expose them to something they can’t fight? And the best way to stop the spread of pertussis is with the Tdap booster. [Whooping cough] is an epidemic at this point, which is an incredibly scary word, and there’s so much going on in your world as a new parent. You’re so overwhelmed with information and I just thought this is a great way that I could help.”

[From Parade]

I can’t help but agree with Sarah Michelle on the importance of vaccinations. You might not agree, but some diseases that were nearly eradicated are making a comeback because not every parent believes in vaccinating their children. Kids are out there suffering when modern medicine can help them with a quick prick of a needle. Some people (like McCarthy) do believe that autism is caused by the MMR vaccine in its combined form. That’s got nothing to do with the whooping vaccine of course. It’s hard to argue with anyone on the issue because both sides are so heated.

Beyond the serious stuff, can you imagine working with Robin Williams? That could very well drive me crazy. I laugh a lot with Kaiser and CB, but Robin is in a whole other league of side-splitting humor. I’d be so worried about him pulling out the Patch Adams red nose at every opportunity.

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah Michelle Gellar

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  1. Bodhi says:

    She is totally right, the anti-vaccine movement is playing a huge, HUGE role in the current pertussis outbreaks across the country. Herd immunity is going down which is why kids who have been fully vaccinated are getting sick as well

      • Janet says:

        Many years ago I saw a pair of twins who were both born blind and deaf because their mother had caught German measles in her first trimester. The mother had never been vaccinated. I’ve seen people who were crippled for life from polio before the vaccine was available. Young people coming up now have no idea how much damage these diseases can do, and the tragedy is, they are now eminently preventable.

      • TQB says:

        @janet – my gaprandfather was crippled by polio as a child. He was lucky to have survived. The pain these illnesses caused – and still cause in countries where people cannot afford vaccines – is horrible.

        Many pro-vax people have stood back, respected the opposite opinion. It seemed easier than arguing. But it’s out of hand. It’s become a fashionable thing to be anti-vax and people are making these decisions without regard for facts or research. Somebody told them something and now they’re getting a new pediatrician because the doctor is “pushing” vaccines. These are actual mothers I know, I’m not generalizing at all here.

    • magpie says:

      I’ll admit I read a lot of anti-vac info, but in the end I just wasn’t convinced by it. Health has too be thought of as a whole. In order for vacs to work (which they do), everyone needs to get on board for the health of all kids.

      • Bodhi says:

        Oh I think parents should research like crazy & make the best decision for their family. I have lots of friends who delay/ space out their children’s vaccinations.

        The fact of the matter is that there is ZERO scientifically accepted evidence that vaccinations cause more harm than good.

      • Lucinda says:

        Bodhi, I am very pro-vaccine but still concerned by the number of vaccines we give our children so young. I do think spacing them out is the middle ground. I see a lot of people doing that and wish it had been more discussed when my kids were babies. By spacing them out, children get fewer vaccines overall. Also not all vaccines are equal.

        My kids are fully immunized but I will not get them the flu shot because it really doesn’t work and is unnecessary. Vaccines are an attack on the immune system which is absolutely necessary in some cases. But in others, we really are overdoing it. If they get the flu, keep them home to recover. Pure and simple.

      • CBillard says:

        Technically, the flu shot does work when the correct strains are used. The challenge comes in that in order to make a vaccine that can be given in time for flu season, the scientists have to make an extremely educated guess as to which strains will be prominent.

        And the flu shot really is necessary for many people. While your children may recover from the flu quite well, they can spread it to people who can’t (like the elderly, the immunocompromised and those too young to receive the vaccine). After spending Christmas in the hospital watching my 5 month old struggle to breathe, you’re damn well sure that my husband, my son and myself get the flu shot every year. I also get it because I work with the elderly and don’t need their death on my conscience.

    • Malificent says:

      Amen! Herd immunity is NOT a myth. It’s not only well-validated scientifically, it’s just plain common sense!

      I live in a state that has a low vaccination rate and allows parents to opt out by personal choice, but grew up in a state that requires vaccinations for kids to attend school unless there is a documented medical exception. Whooping cough (and measles) are an annual occurence in my current state. But when I tell my friends in my hometown about whooping cough epidemics, they look at me like I come from somewhere in the Dark Ages, because no one has seen whooping cough in my home state in decades.

      Younger generations don’t understand the danger from some of these diseases. My parents are in there 80s — they remember the time before vaccines. They knew children (and adults) who died from these “harmless” diseases. I have an uncle who spent two years in a TB sanitarium. My son’s pediatrician was called in on a case where a little girl died of complications from chicken pox.

      I’d rather have my kid have a 1 in 10,000 severe reaction to the whooping cough vaccine than a 1 in 450 chance of dying from it. Or, passing it on to an infant who will have an even higher mortality rate.

      • julies29 says:

        Thankyou. This 1++.

      • Walt Jr says:

        I never knew we were offered a choice for vaccines. When we moved here from Puerto Rico they wouldn’t let me attend school until my vaccinations were up to date.

        A lot of people I know home school because they don’t want to vaccinate. I admit, I don’t understand why they give babies HPV and herpes shots so young. I’m not a Mother yet, so my feelings don’t lean either way right now.

      • mayamae says:

        I have cousins in Georgia who have never had their children (who are teens now) vaccinated due to “religious preference”. They have no religion, and were not asked to provide any proof. They are the sickliest kids I have ever met when it comes to colds/URI’s. They used to joke they had “sick house syndrome” because the kids’ teachers always thought their kids were sick with colds. They were and are clueless.

        I am an RN and pro-vaccinations, but I think breaking them up vs giving them in large groups is a valid idea. Of course that impacts cost, which is the always the bottom line.

      • Janet says:

        Three bouts of the flu — the second of which turned into pneumonia — convinced me to get a shot every year. I haven’t had another bout since I started getting the shots.

      • I think maybe Walt Jr. means hepatitis, not herpes. There’s no herpes vaccination at all.

    • mom2two says:

      Sarah is totally right and I am glad she publicly is stating her thoughts on vaccination, especially since she herself is a mother.
      Good for her.

      • Isa says:

        @walt jr there isn’t a herpes shot. There is an HPV shot but I don’t think they are given until the child is 9-11? Someone correct me.

    • MonciaQ says:

      My husband almost died of whooping cough as a baby and it took a doctor from Germany to diagnose it because American doctors were like, “What? We give vaccines for that!”

      • Michelle says:

        I had whooping cough as a baby. Of course, I don’t remember it – but I was hospitalized for a long time and had to be in a bubble! This was in the early 80′s. I was lucky to live through it!

      • Yolette says:

        I caught it from my father as a baby and would stop breathig and turn blue. No one knew what it was until my grandother, who was born early 1900s, diagnosed it. I’ve had residents who spent their early childhoods getting surgery after surgery and lose limbs because of polio. Im very much for vaccination, but, whatever is trendy, i suppose.

    • MoxyLady007 says:

      I love her now. Love love love love her. The anti vaccine movement is based on fear and crap quack science. They have no facts on their side and their “battle” is killing children. I fucking hate them.

      • Poink517 says:

        Amen, Moxy. Pisses me off,too.

      • Dommy Dearest says:

        *Removed the first half of my comment as I want to do further research before I post something that may or may not be true.

        I spaced my daughter’s out and didn’t get all of the second year doses of them- only the important vaccinations. I agree with a previous poster about the flu virus. My mother was a nurse so I grew up on limited trips to the doctor while she administered the correct vitamins and treatments that had me better in a day. Not against vaccinations but I’m not jumping for joy over them just due to none of us actually knowing what all is cooked up inside of them. There is a new bacteria that is completely resistant to any type of antibiotic or any other medication and I’m not one to believe that a vaccine is going to kill it either. Since bacteria forms and grows to withstand it’s environment. Not too sure if I believe it happened within us or if it was something administered.

      • Marisa says:

        Dommy,

        I respect your concern to be more informed on the issue. I encourage you to do some research on the misuse of antibiotics and antibacterials. This is theoretically the main reason for drug-resistant viruses and infections.

        http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/antibiotics/FL00075

      • black_heart says:

        Actually Dommy we know exactly what’s in vaccines. It’s all on the label as well as on the CDC website, the vaccine maker website, and you can ask for that information from your doctor. Every vaccine is vital to children’s health and while there is strong evidence that a daily vitamin can be beneficial, unless you have a specific deficiency, there is no reason to take “supplements”. The body can only metabolize so much and the rest will just be excreted so it’s largely a money scam.

    • Cait says:

      Kids with immunodeficiencies or going through chemo depend on the rest of us to keep them healthy.

      My husband got his Tdap when I was pregnant with our first child, and I got it in the hospital within hours of giving birth. It’s the little things that keep us from returning to an era when polio happens.

      My grandfather was horribly crippled by polio. And that’s not something I want my kids to face in the 21st century…much less whooping cough, diptheria, measles or rubella.

      Andrew Wakefield and Jenny McCarthy have done so much harm. Check out Seth Mnookin’s excellent book, “The Panic Virus.”

      Every parent should self-educate about the vaccination schedule, because it’s pretty intense in this day and age…but what’s happening in New York, Texas and California is nothing short of entirely tragic and entirely preventable.

      • bob says:

        And Dr. Ben Goldacre’s Bad Science.

        Autism is pretty much accepted to be genetic at this stage, but many people can’t accept that what gives their child their nose or eye colour can cause this condition.

      • KM says:

        Oh, it’s not solely genetic. One of the very few known environmental causes is maternal rubella infection when the autism-affected individual is in the womb. Given the MMR protects against rubella, there are almost certainly people on the autistic spectrum today because others refused to vaccinate.

      • juhmey says:

        Dommy Dearest -first off, vaccines are primarily against viral diseases and not bacterial, and secondly, this bacteria you’re talking about isn’t new. Its called MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) Staphylococcus aureus has been around for years; it was identified in the 1800s. The resistance is due to irresponsibility of patients not taking antibiotics as prescribed and the incredibly short generation time of bacterium as well as the over prescribing of antibiotics. This has allowed the evolution of the cell’s defense mechanisms, hence the resistance. It isnt some sort of hospital/pharmaceutical conspiracy. On another note, I work in an infectious disease lab and see the repercussions of not getting vaccinations. One of the diseases we test for is bordatella pertussis, aka whooping cough, and the amount of positive samples is sickening. Children die from this every day, not from lack of availability to prevention or treatment but due to the lack of knowledge. When hurricane Sandy hit, we had such an increase in the volume of pertussis tests (positive ones, at that) that our company met its quarterly profit in one weekend. People don’t realize that there are incidents that occur where you’re going to wish you’d thought a little harder taking proper preventative measures when you have no way of obtaining treatment because of a FRAUDULENT research paper. There are actually other studies on the MMR vaccination that correlate to a decrease in autism. PubMed has plenty of peer-reviewed research on this issue posted for free. Educate yourself and those around you and make an informed decision.

    • Blue Iris says:

      Bodhi: herd immunity is going down which means fully vaccinated kids are getting sick? Surely, vaccinated kids wouldn’t get sick because vaccines protect them?

      • bob says:

        No, kids who don’t have a strong enough immune system for whatever reason can still contract these diseases even if they have been vaccinated, hence the importance of herd immunity.

        Here’s a good article about how this all blew up, especially in the UK http://www.badscience.net/2008/08/the-medias-mmr-hoax/ the sections on the left of the page will take you to more information.

      • Vaccines are not 100%, but they dramatically reduce the likelihood of getting the disease, and often the severity if it is contracted.

      • TQB says:

        Blue Iris, this is exactly the problem with the anti-vax – people spouting soundbites having done no actual research or learning. Your comment is uninformed and unoriginal. I’m glad others took the time to explain why, because I can’t stop face palming long enough to do it.

    • KM says:

      In the UK the NHS is seeking to vaccinate all pregnant women at around 32 weeks, to try to provide the baby with some immunity while still too little for their own jab – even if the mother has had it. Infection rates here are that bad.

      I think the problem is that people have become complacent, because most just don’t see kids with these illnesses anymore. They have no idea how nasty they can be, even a simple and uncomplicated case.

  2. Patricia says:

    Whooping cough is a nightmare. My mom had it 5 years ago, when she was 50. She thought her ribs were breaking from the coughing. My whole family was terrified. She was a runner and now she lost enough of her lung capacity and will never run the same way again, in fact she doesn’t even try anymore. I can’t even imagine what it does to a small child or baby. My mom contracted it from someone in Yoga class who did not yet realize that they had it. It is out there… So I totally agree with SMG!

    • Cel says:

      It truly is a nightmare – I contracted it last year and coughed so hard I broke blood vessels in my eyes. I was told my my dr that you can get a booster shot, which I knew nothing about – this need more publicity.

      • bbb1975 says:

        I had whooping cough last year too. It was awful, I can’t imagine a baby or an elderly adult having to go through it. I had to get a booster shot also.

      • bob says:

        I once had a cough so bad I’d wake up vomiting from the force, it was nowhere near as bad a whooping cough is, terrifying. Hope you and yours all recover well.

    • Mel says:

      I’ve done my fair share of research on both sides and there is so much misinformation that its hard to wade through all of it. From what I’ve read though it seems like so many things can prevent you from being completely safe ever after getting a vaccine. From organisms that change over time to your body not developing full immunity after the vaccine. It’s frustrating that its still so ify in this day and age of science. My son is a premie so we have him on a delayed schedule, which his pediatrician in on board with and that’s working for us. He doesn’t go to daycare and he will be complete by the age of two.

      • mayamae says:

        Daycare gets a bad rap for spreading disease – mostly deserved. But they actually have done studies that suggest that daycare kids grow to have better immunity and even lower cases of certain cancers because of this.

    • Sabrine says:

      I go to a coffee shop that is next to a daycare where the owners’ children go. They had their small daughter with them one day. I came down with whooping cough shortly afterwards. I assume she carried it out of the daycare. It was horrible, the endless wracking coughs ending in gagging. I was very sick.

      Jenny McCarthy is a dangerous fool. I felt a chill when I knew she would be on the View, able to influence young mothers into not vaccinating their children.

      • Poink517 says:

        Yeah, I can’t stand Jenny McCarthy for her preaching on the subject, either. Does she even know how to read a study? Or tell if a study is flawed? It’s scary that she has such a platform to spread fear over vaxing.

    • Maggie says:

      I was born in Europe in the 1960s and got the required vaccinations just like all the other kids. I caught whooping cough when I was 2 years old. Obviously, I don’t remember it very well, but it scared the bejeesus out of my parents. The doctor told them that if I hadn’t been vaccinated, I would have died.

      I don’t have kids, but if I did, I wouldn’t have hesitated where vaccinations were concerned.

  3. pp says:

    please don’t make peplums happen, please don’t make peplums happen… I mean it can “happen” but dont be a multiple offender.

    • j.eyre says:

      I think we’re too late – I could go 5 feet without running into a peplum in the stores’ Fall lines. Ergh

      I do agree with Bedhead in this instance though, two wrongs are making a right. I like what she is wearing and the shoes matching the peplum works. I should hate all of it but I like it.

      There is hope, Jenny Packham’s Winter 13/14 line is amazing!

      http://www.jennypackham.com/pages/aw-13-14-catwalk

    • littlestar says:

      I LOVE peplum. Honestly, it can look good on people! Especially hipless wonders like me! Makes it look like we have some semblance of curves :) . And there’s different “degrees” of peplum. Some tops give the illusion of a peplum (my favourite) while others (like SMG’s above) go full on POUF!

  4. Yelly says:

    She looks old.

    • Sherry says:

      I thought the same thing. I think it’s the hair. When Elle Macpherson blonded herself that much, it aged her too.

      • lucy2 says:

        I wouldn’t say she looks old, but I think she should go with a darker hair color. It’s gotten a bit too blond, and I noticed it on the show and in these photos.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      She looks like a 36-year-old woman. This is what women look like when they don’t have a face full of fillers and botox.

      • yolo112 says:

        ^^THIS!! The only thing that looks old is this 1980s throw back peplum. God I’m over that look…

      • strickchic says:

        +1 I think it is very refreshing to see a woman who doesn’t look like she has a plastic face.

    • campbell says:

      No, you guys. She doesn’t look old, just…not like herself. More like SJP. Is there…is there…something weird going on with her nose, or am I seeing things?

      • Dommy Dearest says:

        She’s always had that nose. She’s lost some weight so it kind of stands out a little more when she smiles. But that is her nose, I watched Buffy growing up religiously and I always noticed her nose for some reason. The tip is odd shaped but I like it- I like that she hasn’t done plastic surgery.

    • mayamae says:

      I don’t think she looks “old” so much as rough. I don’t think the blonde has ever flattered her. Why don’t women enjoy their beautiful brown hair? (Asks a woman who’s been dyeing her brown hair red for years)

  5. Anon says:

    She’s right. Next time, there is an outbreak..google the area, look at the manufacturing and work force. Meat packing plants is usually a top draw. If the companies are going to hire undocumented workers for the cheap, the corporations ought to making sure their workers and their kids are vaccinated. (since states don’t see to it anymore) Use some of that earmarked lobbyist money or bribe-look-the-other-way-greenbacks.

  6. aims says:

    I have an Autistic child. We talked about it last week. I am pro vaccination. When we got her diagnosis, it was happening during the height of vaccine and the link to Autism. It came out that it was a bs find. I respect a parents right to choose what they think is right for their kids. But now whopping cough is through the charts in California and other states. I can’t help but think some of it is because of fear regarding the Autism link. We vaccinated our kids, the vaccine didn’t cause my daughter’s Autism, and she may have some problems, but she’s healthy and I thank medicine for that.

    • Nono says:

      I respect parental rights insofar as the exercise of those rights doesn’t endanger the children unnecessarily. At that point, shut up and do as you’re told.

      I’m surprised that America doesn’t have laws in place to force parents to immunise their children against specific diseases.

    • Ag says:

      Yes!

      And perhaps you’re a better person than I am – I have zero respect for people who choose not to vaccinated their children, putting their kids at serious risk, and creating a public health threat. It’s just so backward, ridiculous, and ignorant of them.

    • Sherry says:

      I will preface this by saying I have 3 kids and all three are vaccinated. However, I believe my oldest son has some mild form of Autism. Not noticeable to most, only to a mom. He was perfectly fine and normal up until he received his 18 month shots. Then he stopped talking. He continued to be a bright, smart little boy. He understood everything I said and did everything that was asked of him. But it took months before I heard him say Mama again and he had to have speech therapy later. The fact that he had zero problems, gets a vaccine and suddenly stops talking for months cannot just be a coincidence. Especially when I have talked to other parents (including my pediatrician) who all had almost the exact same story.

      It might be due to genetic make-up not working well with the vaccine. My other two children did not have this problem. But there is something in that vaccine that caused him to have problems speaking.

      • NerdMomma says:

        Thank you for sharing this. It is true that the scientific paper that claimed a link between vaccinations and autism was found to be fraudulent. However, there are many parents who have such anecdotal evidence that there was a link for their child. Scientific reports aren’t everything. Anecdotal evidence means something, because parents know their children best. I vaccinated my kids, as instructed, and would again, but I don’t think the scientific community should ignore the stories of parents.

      • aims says:

        I too have three kids. My eldest has Autism. I respect your views regarding vaccination. I don’t know your story. I believe with us, it is genetic. There is a very strong link on my husband’s side. I couldn’t bear knowing that mine or anyone else’s child could get sick from something that was preventable.

        It’s true. We as parents, know our kids and we know when something isn’t right with them. For me, I just felt like I wanted to give my kids the best possible start in life. That included vaccination.

      • Bird says:

        Sherry, there are SO MANY stories like this out there. To say that there is no evidence that vaccines cause problems is just plain wrong. Hugs to you and your son.

      • margie says:

        Sherry- I am sorry to hear of your family’s difficulties, but please do not think that correlation implies causation. There could be many factors at play in your child’s sudden developmental pause, and while it seems logical that it must be the vaccines, that is most likely not the case. the science surrounding vaccines does not support the claims that vaccines lead to developmental delays or autism. Often, parents are looking for something to grasp onto, to have something to blame for what their child has gone through or been diagnosed with. But unfortunately this thinking is what will compromise herd immunity, and will put immune-challenged children who can’t get vaccines at an even greater risk, like infants or children undergoing certain treatments, as well as vaccinated children who will be exposed to a stronger or different type of the illness they were vaccinated against.

      • Nicolette says:

        The same thing happened with my son. After his combination vaccine at 18 months he was very cranky that night, and crying. Couldn’t pacify him. After that all his developmental progress he had made normally, went backwards. He stopped trying to talk, and would only scream and cry. Coincidence? IDK, but there are many stories out there of the exact same thing happening to other children.

        He is an Asperger’s/ADD child and very high functioning. Just like your son, he is very bright and intelligent. He has had all of his vaccinations, and is healthy. I just think sometimes that the timetable of vaccines for our kids is too much, too soon for their little bodies to handle. They start giving them vaccines BEFORE you even take them home from the hospital as newborns. I think the biggest problems are the combination vaccines (MMR & DPT). Add to that the fact that we are told that should they be in discomfort after receiving it, we should give them Tylenol drops. Well, I’ve recently read many articles where there is now a suspicion that administering the Tylenol may bring on Autistic symptoms.

        http://ventography.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/update-from-dr-shaw-acetaminophen-and-autism-connection/

        Seems completely plausible to me, especially considering that Tylenol is now putting new warnings on their labels about the dangers of their wonderful medicine.

        I truly do believe there is a catalyst for the increase of children with Autism and other disorders, and I don’t believe it’s just a case of them being more properly diagnosed. There are way too many, and the numbers are increasing.

        It’s also become a huge industry. Pharmaceutical companies are benefitting wildly from doctors putting children on some very heavy duty meds. Whatever the cause, I just wish someone would figure it out.

      • Catherine Anne says:

        My son has autism also and he has all of his vaccinations. I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again to keep him safe. I know some parents that don’t and in this day and age I find that so very dangerous that the parents have their vaccinations but the child doesn’t.

      • Toto says:

        Margie, your comment is pretty insulting to Sherry and to all the parents out there who know DAMN WELL what happened to their children. You need to do a lot more research yourself and stop spouting off the propaganda that you have been fed. Follow the money – do you really think there is ever going be a ‘study’ that proves a link between autism and vaccines?

      • L says:

        My heart breaks for these parents desperately searching for answers-but vaccines don’t cause autism. Full stop.

        I’ve heard someone say this on here before but the plural of anecdote isn’t data.

        There are some side affects to some vaccines due to people’s makeup-however there is ZERO data in various studies that show that there is any link to autism. Autism is usually diagnosed from about 1 year to 3 years, which surprise surprise, is the same time as the MMR vaccine.

      • Nicolette says:

        @Toto

        Bravo!!!!! +10000 :)

        @L

        They also pushed Gardasil pretty strongly. Many young girls have become very sick or died after receiving it. “Japanese government officials, stunned by nearly 2,000 reports of “adverse effects” from the highly touted cervical cancer vaccine promoted widely in the United States, have decided to withdraw their recommendation for its use across the island nation.” (Just read this morning).

        And ‘surprise surprise’ our children STOP developing normally after these vaccines. Have you lived through the heartache of YOUR child inexplicably stopping speech and other developmental milestones? How cavalier an attitude to have towards those of us having watched our beloved children affected so adversely, and so abruptly. Do you understand that they just come to a full stop after normal progress?

      • margie says:

        toto-

        I don’t follow the money, I follow the science and the logic.

      • Sherry says:

        I refuse to believe there is no connection between the vaccine and his not talking. He goes in perfectly fine at 18 months, gets a vaccine and the next day stops talking. This even happened to one of my pediatrician’s sons who also had to have speech therapy in elementary school.

        That said, there may be a genetic basis for this happening (my other two kids were fine). It’s like my mother used to tell me regarding drugs/alcohol —> “You never know when you take that first drink, if you’ll end up being one of the people who has a problem with it.”

        Some people are more prone to alcoholism/drug dependency because of their genetic make-up. Likewise, I think some children are prone to develop problems with some of these vaccines. Until they can find out why, it’s going to be a crapshoot as to whether or not your child will be one of the children effected by it.

        Just my opinion, but when I hear numerous stories from other parents about that 18 month vaccine, it’s too much for me to say it is just coincidence.

      • ycnan says:

        I too have 3 kids and struggled to make sure I was doing the best for them. Which, after research, included giving them all vaccines. Is it not possible that the signs of autism just naturally show up at around the time the 18 mth vaccination is given? It just seems like the most logical hypotenuses based on scientific evidence and observational evidence seen by parents.

      • Amanda_M87 says:

        I agree. I’ve heard these stories way too often. Maybe some children are genetically susceptible, but something triggers the problem.

      • yolo112 says:

        How long ago did your son have shots? The delay of speech could have possibly been from mercury. Back in the day, mercury was used as a preservative in booster shots. The mercury can cause sensory impairment, including speech. Most pediatric offices should now have shots that do NOT contain mercury. You should ask to make sure. But keep in mind that big box phar stores like Walgreens, Rite Aid, etc, aren’t as careful with what kind of vaccines they purchase, so your flu shots could possible contain low dosages of mercury (which is less harmful for adults in small amounts).

      • MoxyLady007 says:

        Sherry, it’s stories like yours that deeply terrify me. I am very pro vaccine. But I do worry sometimes. It’s hard not to. Because these are our children. The idea that I might do something to harm him in such a huge way is horrifying. And yet while vaccines may not be perfect – people have reactions – they are infinitely preferable to the ravages of the diseases they protect against. But still…. It’s in the back of my mind. Ugh.

      • L says:

        For the poster worried about mercury, you get more mercury from eating a can of tuna fish then you do from the entire series of ALL of childhood vaccinations put together.

        @toto The surprise surprise is more in derision at the Jenny McCarthy’s and other quacks in the world who are endangering children. I get that when something horrible happens to your child, that as a parent you look for answers not just for yourself but to help other mothers/fathers. But its not in the vaccines. It’s just not-there’s zero evidence other than anecdotal stories from parents who believe ‘their kid is their science’ (in the words of McCarthy) And trying to keep people away from them is putting other innocent people in danger of dying. And quoting from a random non-peer reviewed random ‘natural news’ page with people who want page clicks and who have no experience in microbiology or studying antibodies isn’t evidence. It’s anecdotal. It’s not medicine or science, it’s taking advantage of heartbroken parents.

      • hazeldazel says:

        correlation is not causation.

        The doctors who did the vaccines-cause-autism study ADMITTED they faked the data.

        Just because the effects of autism happen to come into play around the time that vaccines are given, doesn’t mean there’s any relation between the two.

        The effects of schizophrenia show up typically when a person is around ~20. That doesn’t mean that going to college causes schizophrenia. Correlation is not causation.

      • Rina says:

        Autism signs show up at pretty much the same time in boys as when they get the vaccinations. Don’t blame the vaccines. Brain development is ongoing for toddlers and the signs of autism show up at the same time.

      • p says:

        Same story with my own son with autism. Often times unless people experience something themselves they can’t believe it.

      • Ag says:

        @Sherry – I’m sorry, that must be very difficult. But it’s nothing you could have prevented. Autism manifests around the time that kids receive their immunizations, and some people make the false connection between the two.

        Check out Science-Based Medicine, there are excellent articles on there about autism, vaccinations, etc.
        http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/autism-prevalence-now-estimated-to-be-one-in-88-and-the-antivaccine-movement-goes-wild/

      • SamiHami says:

        The plural of anectdote is not data.

        I feel badly for children with autism and other issues, but vaccines simply do not cause autism. They don’t. It’s been proven repeatedly.

        More likely what occurs is that the children already had issues but they didn’t start to manifest until reaching a certain age. And parents, of course, start seeking answers. I mean, who wouldn’t? Then they recall that their child had a vaccine and they decide that the vaccine must have been the cause. There’s no scientific evidence to support that notion, but it makes sense to the parents so they adopt that as truth.

        Another very important point is that even if there was a chance that a vaccine could cause autism (although we know it does not), which would be worse? A child with autism or a child that suffers a long and painful death from a preventable disease.

      • Belle Epoch says:

        @nicolette. Thank you for the Tylenol link. I had never heard that before. The explanation about breaking down acetaminophen in the liver and producing toxins for certain people made perfect sense. How ironic if the anecdotal autism/vax link is really due to parents giving Tylenol! I know I did – but luckily my kids could process it properly.

  7. magpie says:

    The peplum thing is so over, and that one is really ugly.

    But I do agree with what she’s saying and it’s important that she’s saying it.

    I love Buffy forever and wish her success with the new show.

    • AlexandraJane says:

      totally agree, I am currently re watching the entire series and I love Buffy even more as a grown up. so hope this goes well for her too!

      • mac says:

        I just watched “Buffy” for the first time, marathoned it on netflix. I have so much affection for her and all the other Buffy actors now. I hope her new show does well. Also, having recently watched the entire series, I don’t think she’s had any work done. She looks almost exactly the same, albeit older.

  8. CaribbeanLaura says:

    Robin Williams seems awesome and everything she said rings true. I like Robin Williams.

    • Nono says:

      I always knew he was a good guy, but he seems too raunchy and wild for someone like SMG. I’m quite surprised at their ostensible rapport.

      I hadn’t heard of this show until now. SMG, a woman with good comedic timing, AND Robin Williams, one of the funniest men on Earth? Can’t wait to watch it.

      • Pandy says:

        Watched the first episode last week. I’m not a giant fan of Robin Williams – I find him tiring – so wasn’t really sure what I would think of this show. It was a lot of Robin Williams doing voices, etc. Just what I hoped it wouldn’t be. I’m pretty sure I’m in the minority on this but while I don’t mind his stand up (when he uses his own voice), can’t stand the Nanu Nanu stuff.

      • Nono says:

        Pandy

        I was really hoping they wouldn’t have Robin Williams doing Robin Williams. I watched the first episode last night and I think there could be something good there, provided that Robin Williams tones it down a bit and SMG plays it up a bit.

        In fact, the show would probably have been better if Robin were playing the straight man and SMG were the wacky one. What a shame that’s not what we got.

        The first episode was very safe- ironically, considering the subject matter and the famous Apple ad on which the show’s premised.

        With all of that in mind, I’ll give it five more episodes to convince me. I think there’s something there, if only they can finesse it.

  9. ctkat1 says:

    My brother and his wife are having a baby in December (first baby in the family) and my mom sent out an email to everyone that we would need to have our flu shot and Tdap vaccination before we would be allowed to meet the baby.

    Which is unbelievably presumptuous on her part (my sister-in-law’s family was not amused) but since she’s a nurse at a Children’s Hospital, I guess it’s understandable!

    • NerdMomma says:

      Haha your mom rocks. It sounds like she knows what she’s talking about and she’s being the rule-maker so your brother and his wife don’t have to be.

    • Toto says:

      Wow. I guess I won’t be meeting the baby! That is actually quite rude, I think.

      • littlestar says:

        I think that is rude as well! The one time in my life I had the flu shot (had to get it because I worked in an old age home), I felt like crappola the whole winter. Never again. I understand the elderly and those with compromised immune systems getting the flu shot, but I think some people have gone completely overboard with it. Kids do need to get sick in order to have healthy immune systems (though I do realize a newborn baby having the flu is completely different than a child).

        Edit: Although I will counter with this. In my last year of university, MMR was going around campus at the end of the fall semester. The school sent out several notices saying that if you came down with MMR during finals and you missed an exam because of it, unless you had proof that you had gotten the free vaccine they were giving to everyone, you were NOT allowed to make up for that exam at a later date. I needed no convincing to go get the MMR shot! Lol.

      • Diana says:

        I don’t think it’s rude at all, actually. Very safe and smart. She’s looking out for the safety of the baby, which should be the greatest priority.

    • L says:

      Good on your mom. Those are things that can kill a small child quickly with their suppressed immune systems. It’s not rude if someone is putting your grandchild (and other kids around them) at risk. I hope she advises them about the MMR as well. It’s one thing to keep a baby away from people for 3 months prior to the DTAP and flu shots, MMR doesn’t happen until they are one and isn’t complete until they are 3 or 4.

      Would do the same thing.

    • AnnieN says:

      I did the same thing, made my parents & my ILs get vaccinated before the baby was born. My parents are always sick and my ILs have almost daily contact w/my baby. I don’t really care about what they thought, my baby’s safety was my priority. My MIL went on to tell her friends about it since many were having new grand babies and there was a pretty bad outbreak in NY. We live in FL but many people around here go back and forth.

    • Nicole says:

      LOL! My mother has said the same thing to my family. As soon as I get pregnant, everyone will be going in to get shots (aunt, uncle, grandma, grandpa)…I may have to make it mandatory for the in-laws as well.

    • Green Girl says:

      Your mom sounds awesome, actually. I know of a few relatives who attend holiday get-togethers and the like while extremely ill, but they feel they have to go because the family is finally under one roof. So that means those who have weakened immune systems (babies, the elderly, etc.) get sick. So yes, I can see where it’s blunt and maaaybe a bit rude, but good for your mom for sticking up for the baby.

    • lucy2 says:

      Given that she’s a nurse at a Children’s hospital, I’d imagine she’s seen first hand what some of these illness can do to a baby or young child. I don’t blame her one bit for wanting to protect her grandchild.

      • hazeldazel says:

        EXACTLY. People don’t know that there are several LARGE epidemics of these diseases and they can very easily kill an infant. Many times, adults forget to have boosters and can be carriers. It’s not rude to ask that visitors get their boosters, it’s SMART. (Why would someone even think it’s rude of someone wanting to protect a baby? I don’t even get that.)

  10. Ag says:

    It’s a sad world where we praise a celebrity for being, you know, pro-science and anti-children being horribly sick or dying from preventable diseases.

    And Jenny McCarthy’s stance on vaccines isn’t “sketchy or slightly murky”. It’s ignorant, ill-informed, and lacks ANY evidentiary basis.

  11. Sugar says:

    I don’t watch tv but if I did I might just watch this show. Mork &Mindy was hot when I was a teen so I hope this works out for RW.
    I have always liked SMG & I know we all hate peplum & I know I am preaching to the choir here BUTT this is the body type that can pull it off…where’s Kim K? Late for choir practice again!

  12. hollah says:

    I am glad people are speaking up about the importance of vaccinations! My 7 year old son had whooping cough in the Spring of this year. He is up to date on immunizations but still came down with pertussis. He was miserable until we figured it out and got it under control. Even now, 4 months later, he gets an occasional painful coughing fit. We’re told it’s normal.

    We got a call from our health department after he was diagnosed. The man I talked to said it’s popping up all around the area.

  13. Aenna says:

    I’m glad she is talking pro vaccines.
    I got whooping cough while visiting my family out west and didn’t have a clue what I had.
    It took the horrifying diagnosis and hospitalization of my infant nephew for our family to figure out that we had whooping cough.

  14. Hautie says:

    Yea… lets speak for a moment about skipping important vaccinations.

    Like the one for measles. There was a huge out break of them near and in Ft. Worth just this Summer. (Texas)

    The out break led back to a local (huge)Church. One that has a large group of individuals who do not believe in vaccinations.

    The Church had a couple of missionaries come home with the measles. And promptly starting spreading it among themselves at the Church.

    At a very alarming rate.

    Then spread it to half the county. Whom they encounter in daily life outside of the Church.

    I never seen a Church get a news story shut down like they did with that one. And suddenly started to get everyone in their Church boosters.

    But it really did spread like crazy within 10 days. Something that would not have happen. Had they got the vaccination.

    • Bodhi says:

      Yup, that whole thing was batshit crazy

    • L says:

      That story was insane. Mostly because the preacher had been shouting to the high heavens that vaccines did nothing-until all the congregants got the measles.

      Then she prayed about it, and God sent her a message that vaccines were a gift and that people should get the measles booster. Idiot.

  15. mommak918 says:

    Love reading all these comments! I was afraid to read them bc as a mother that has tried to do tons of research for my children…it has seemed, from the half dozen doctors, my own father and uncle who are doctors both believe in the benefits of vaccines. A delayed schedule to some degree is ok but the schedule of vaccines has been tested and tested. It is hard putting so much in your baby’s body. But just this past week Ive had to deal with the fear that my youngest may have whooping cough. He has been getting vaccines but hasnt had all his tdap bc his age. They first thought he was gotten it from an older child who hasnt been vaccinated in our church nursery….luckily, it turned out to be croup.

    Vaccines can be scary for new moms but vaccinating my kids also help the younger babies who are defenseless.

    Please vaccinate. And if your sick or have sick kids keep them home!

    • Scarlet Vixen says:

      I did a delayed schedule with my first, because the “Do vaccines cause Autism?” fear was raging at the time, and I was so confused as to what the right choice was. I come from a family that didn’t vaccinate (I didn’t get ANY vaccinations until I joined the Army when I was 18). In the end, I was too afraid of the actual diseases to not have him vaccinated, so a delayed schedule was my compromise with my family’s ideals. I have been adament about vaccinating my two younger children tho, because the outbreaks of diseases like pertussis, measles and chicken pox are just ridiculous at this point.

      On a side note, my son just started kindergarten, and I discovered that an old friend of mine that I’d lost touch with has transferred her kids to my son’s new school. She was one of the most adament “Vaccines are evil and cause Autism!” moms I’ve ever met. Not only are her children that are attending our school still not vaccinated (in our state you can sign a waiver) but 3 of her 5 children have Autism. Several of her children contracted chicken pox a few years ago (one of them developed a severe case at only 3mos old, and had shingles when he was 4yrs old). I know that as parents we really struggle everyday with wondering if we’re doing the best we can to keep our children healthy and safe, and I know that she thought she was making the best decisions she could. But, now it’s hard to see her struggle with now wondering if she made the right decision. And, I can’t help but feel so sorry for her children that are potentially experiencing the repercussions of her choices.

  16. fabgrrl says:

    I’ve always liked her.

    • Nono says:

      Vaccines wear off? No way! I was just getting a new tetanus inoculation every ten years because I wanted to throw money away!

      Also, yes, there have been experiments involving inactive HIV/AIDS virus and with modified cancer cells that have been used to treat diseases. You know what “inactive” means, right? It means it’s harmless.

      • Wow at some of these comments says:

        Toto, your ass is really scaring me. Please tell me you don’t have children. You seem to be extremely anti-vaccine and your comments have been horrifying so far.

    • some bitch says:

      Now there’s a credible source!

  17. PrettyTarheelFan says:

    a) Yay for Buffy coming out, stakes blazing, for the anti-immunization crowd!
    b) Robin Williams sounds absolutely awesome, and like he makes an effort to connect with people on a deeper level. This is something I am working on as a leader-helping my employees develop as well-rounded people who are good at their jobs instead of just focusing on their work without understanding their life as a whole-and while he isn’t the boss on set, it’s so great to hear a story like this.
    c) Robin also sounds like he needs to have a connection 24-7. It can be hell to have that kind of fidgety twitchy need to connect and be stuck in a car alone. Thank goodness for streaming 30 Rock. Music does not shut down that need for me.

  18. yolo112 says:

    Research can be your friend. Talking to your pediatrician and getting the REAL facts about vaccines is really important. If your doctor is a good one, they will gladly work with you in reducing the shot cycle for newborns/infants. The recount of Jenny Mcarthy’s story of her son and what happened to him (or his reaction) is completely inaccurate to claim that is was due to the actual vaccine. She has actually done more harm to Autism by her story than good. While I think it’s great that celebs want to bring important topics to light, they have to first be honest and educated in what they are saying.

    I live in northern California where tons of communities have opted out of getting the whooping cough vaccine and the number of cases are incredibly high. As a parent of a 6 month old, I couldn’t live with myself knowing that I’m the reason why my child sounds like a barking seal and is super sick. You would think that a parent would take any and every means possible to protect and prevent your child from being sick…

    And before people respond with their own facts, my husband is a scientist in the bio/med field. He has extensive knowledge of this topic, so I’m not just talking out of my ass =)

    SMG will always be Buffy.. and Robin will always be Mrs. Doubtfire.

    • Nono says:

      “And before people respond with their own ‘facts’”

      FTFY. “Anecdote” is not the singular of “data”.

  19. Sara says:

    I choose not to vaccinate my son as it is still a decision because it’s not a law. My son is now 9 months old and has only ever had one cold. I could still get them if I ever change my mind. I also did not get the vitamin K shot or antibiotic wipe in eyes once son was born. I am a D.C. and have read tons of research to come to my decision. I let all the mother’s in my playgroup know ahead of time and they had no problem with it. It is a decision that should be thoroughly researched before diving in. The decision does not have to be made at two months as you can delay them. In my practice when someone asks my opinion on the topic I tell them to do their research and make an informed decision. I never try to sway them one way or another.

    • MoxyLady007 says:

      Thank you for letting the other mothers know. That’s good of you.

    • Scary says:

      At least you had the decency to notify the other parents. I completely disagree with your decision, but at least you tell people.

  20. Balticprincess says:

    Here in Europe we have a big “Anti-vaccine” movement, too. I am Mid-Forties and when I was young, it was no question. Especially Polio was still so engraved in my parents mind in the 1960ies that I got every shot there is to be. Measles, German Measles, Polio, tetanus, are extremely important vaccines. Get your kids vaccinated, or they will catch dangerous things in kindergarten and school. Dress: don’t like it, but somehow it suits her.

  21. yeahright says:

    I think that’s a bit of flawed logic. These people contracting whooping cough (sorry to hear everyone’s stories about it, sounds rough!) should be vaccinated against it. If it works then how are people contracting it? Is there a booster we should be getting after so many years? And if people feel better by vaccinating their kids and feel as though that makes them safe, then I wonder just how many are remembering to get their boosters if one exists.

    Its not so clear cut Mrs Gellar but thanks. I think she’s aging well.

    • Toto says:

      “New research reported by Reuters reveals that whooping cough outbreaks are HIGHER among vaccinated children compared with unvaccinated children. This is based on a study led by Dr. David Witt, an infectious disease specialist at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Rafael, California.”

      Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035466_whooping_cough_vaccines_outbreaks.html##ixzz2gZst8eGA

      • Crabcake says:

        Cheers for that Toto!

        I wish it was as simple as vaccines are safe or vaccines are not safe. There’s a ton of grey areas and I have no idea how the debate became so “pro” or “anti.”

      • Merritt says:

        Pushing alarmist and inaccurate information helps no one.

        Yes, some vaccines can wear off over time.
        That is why we have booster vaccines. Your body is constantly changing. Especially during childhood.

        The article you reference suggests everyone live in a rural area and home school. Um yeah.

        Natural News is just bad information and bad science.

      • L says:

        Firstly, if you actually read that study in the journal in which it was published (and not quoted from in small doses) it goes on to state that this was explained by parents who had not gotten their Dtap booster.

        More recent (and more reliable) study has shown the exact opposite.
        http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/09/24/peds.2013-0878.abstract

      • hazeldazel says:

        FFS, Toto stop posting bad articles based on bad interpretations of bad science. Gawd.

        Yes, vaccines don’t give you life-time protection. Shocker! That’s why we have boosters. And for some diseases, the vaccine doesn’t mean you absolutely won’t ever get it, but you’ll experience a less dangerous version (i.e., you have some resistance against it instead of none). Yay, you won’t die! Also, you get more mercury in tuna cans and a head of kale than all the vaccinations put together.

        The effects of the autism spectrum show up around 18 – 24 months. Vaccinations happen then also but so do a lot of things. The only study that showed a link between the two was faked and the investigators went to jail.

        Just stop. This kind of nonsense is killing a lot of children and elderly people.

      • Wow @Toto says:

        Toto, please stop. You are literally harming people by spreading your nonsense. Stop, seriously. Stop!

    • MoxyLady007 says:

      There is a booster.

  22. Dimebox says:

    Kudos to SMG for championing vaccinations. On the other hand, I have not watched The View since they added the foolish Jenny McCarthy. Her anti-vaccination stance has been founded on junk science and has done true harm.

    • Jules says:

      It’s not junk science. Why do you think that Dr. who found a link was discredited so vehemently and his career ruined? He was railroaded on purpose- the FDA and our government will NEVER admit to their being a concrete link between vaccination and the onset of autism in some children. But don’t be a fool- it is absolutely true.

      • Bird says:

        Exactly, Jules. +1000

      • Mela says:

        Because the doctor who conducted the study was never about to reproduce the results. If his results were not distorted, anyone should be able to get similar results if they follow his experimental design.

      • Merritt says:

        @Mela

        Exactly, a legitimate study would be duplicated.

        Some people attached themselves to the idea that vaccines were responsible, because they wanted a place to put blame.

      • hazeldazel says:

        Sorry Jules, but they ADMITTED they faked the data and one of them was put in jail. This was in Britain, who is NOT controlled by the FDA. They have their own system in the EU (which is actually more stringent than ours, and we’re actually in the process of harmonizing with them). I’m in the pharmaceutical industry.

        Unfortunately, the brain and the rest of the neurological system does a large amount of its development outside the womb which explains why there are a lot of neurological syndromes that don’t show up until ~2 years of age. Don’t get caught up in the hysteria.

  23. Jules says:

    Some vaccinations DO cause problems with some people. Unfortunately, you just don’t know what will happen in advance. My son is speech delayed, and my doctor was very careful about spacing out his vaccinations, and he did not receive the MMR until he was two. I’m happy to say that it did NOT affect him negatively. But it has affected many, many children!! For people to brush that off as a coincidence is wrong and ignorant. Talk to the parents who have watched their outgoing child retreat into a world of autism. Very, very sad.

    I also want to say that I work with someone that had her child vaccinated for whooping cough… AND SHE STILL GOT IT. So nothing is 100%.

  24. Megan says:

    Hate the outfit. I mean its just bad. But she is 100% right about vaccinations. I really think they need to go back to when they wouldn’t allow kids in school without them. Not getting your kid vaccinated is a dangerous act for them but beyond that it is irresponsible and dangerous to public health! Other children shouldn’t be at risk.

    I feel just as strong as SMG on this one.

  25. bcgirl says:

    I just watched a friend and her kid suffer from whooping cough for 3 MONTHS! He still can’t run without wheezing. Those of us who are vaccinated and who have tried to protect our kids are only 80% safe.

    The fact is that no other health procedure in the history of the world has saved more lives than vaccinations. I’ll bet a lot of those parents of incredibly sick kids are running for vaccs now.

  26. booboobird says:

    here we go again.
    she just happens to have healthy kids. so can be all high and mighty.
    how many people are adamant about their own shots? loading 2month old baby full of needles and their own vaccines have expired many years ago.
    no, my 2 older ones are vaccinated. youngest is yet to get a needle(still debating since he has a genetic condition).

  27. Nikki Girl says:

    I never comment, but I just learned all about this in my Human Growth and Development class in college. The link between vaccinations and autism is tenuous at best. There is no substantial scientific proof that vaccines directly cause autism. They are however, linked to causing certain food allergies. But stop blaming autism on vaccines, because the evidence isn’t there. You can’t just read a couple articles or listen to a few people that claim it is when scentitic studies worldwide show it isn’t. There are other causes for autism; vaccines are not of them.

    • Amanduh says:

      Agreed…my nephew was just diagnosed with mild autism so I’m extremely curious about the cause/s. Recent studies have suggested that Autism is linked to the amount of pollution the baby’s mother is exposed to prior to conception and/or during gestation – totally plausible given the prevalence and our increasing urbanization. Another one suggested the link between environmental pesticides we ingest. It’s also interesting to note that Autism affects more males than females (note: obviously there are exceptions).
      I would argue that there are A LOT of variables to be considered when discussing the cause/s of Autism.

  28. Nikki Girl says:

    And no vaccine ever protects you 100%, that’s not what anyone is saying so that’s besides the point. But it DOES largely decrease the chance you’ll get it, and increases herd immunity, and that is the point. The less children are getting vaccinated, the more outbreaks there are, and that is a fact, not an opinion, do some research if you want.

  29. mzizkrizten says:

    Wasn’t there just a study published that linked autism to induced labor? Something about pitocin.

  30. Lilou says:

    I dont understand why people make a connection between vaccins and autism.

    I mean some people have autism without having being vaccined. And some people (most people) dont have autism and yet have been vaccined.

    As vaccins are done to most of the children, it’s pretty obvious that most of the autist children had their vaccins. But that doesn’t mean that the vaccins are the cause of the autism!!!

    It would be like blaming formula! After all, most of the autism children drank formula.

    Know what I mean?

  31. Kelly says:

    I love Sarah Michelle Gellar, hope the show does well

  32. LadyL says:

    A booster for Whooping Cough is now included in the Tetanus vaccine. Had mine a few years ago.

    There is no doubt that some people will have adverse reactions to vaccines. But the risk has been deemed acceptable because of the overwhelming predictable harm of not immunizing. Risk is a part of life. Choosing to safely minimize that risk is the only rational choice.
    The study that caused the anti-vaccine hysterica was a piece of junk. I don’t understand how it got published at all.

  33. IceQueen says:

    Nikki you’re right 100%!!!

  34. Stacy Dunson says:

    I work in a hospital pharmacy. I’m not going to get into the debate about what “causes” autism. I think it is rare that any one thing causes anything as complicated as a developmental delay.
    BUT what I will say is that vaccinations HAVE to be stored properly. Some are refrigerated and some are frozen. My state went through a huge issue with children’s vaccines not being stored properly… Which led to a large revaccination effort as well as a state required program called Vaccines For Children which requires reporting of your continuous storage of the vaccines at the required temp.
    And as for studies on autism- it isn’t a US only diagnoses. There are studies done in other countries and by the World Health Organization that are not reliant upon money from big corporations. There are many places to become educated and the least reliable are word-of-mouth and celebrity opinion.

    • Bird says:

      Awesome post, Stacy. All great things to know.

    • Anon says:

      Hmm, where are the links to the studies? No? That is because there are no such studies. To say that suppressing the studies is done by corporations, big pharma is ridiculous since the initial study that linked vaccinations and autism was published by The Lancet and it took years to denounce the study and prove that the conclusions cannot be reproduced and data used was faked. There is so much ignorance about this subject. Unlike other type of ignorance this one endangers lives, worst, they endanger little babies’ lives.

  35. St says:

    Whatever. I’m still sad that we will never find out how things have ended between Bridget and crazy bitch Siobhan.

    • Brittney says:

      I know!!!! That show was the best guilty pleasure I’d found in a long, long time… and I still feel incomplete because of its cancellation.

  36. Leek says:

    I always find it odd that people who are vaccinated opt out of doing so for their kids. I’d rather take chances with my own health, my 20′s was a science experiment, but not with my kids. You must be a special kind of tool to take medical advice from Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey. They pretend for a living. I’m not saying it’s not difficult but I am saying that a doctor is a smart person, no argument there. Playboy model not even in dental school?? Not necessarily.

  37. judyjudy says:

    Sometimes the decision to vax or not is very complicated and isn’t as black and white as being pro/anti. I respect any parent who does thorough research when making decisions about their family’s health.

    I believe that va are good in general but they aren’t perfect. And thepolitics surrounding the manufacture, disbursement, and recommended schedule can be alarming. I know we’d all like to trust that the folks in charge have only our children’s best interests at heart But really, consider who is running the show around here. Again, I believe va are generally a good thing but one HAS to look at things with a critical eye.

    • magpie says:

      I so agree. vacs are a good thing in general and we need to keep up with them, but we should always research and question what we’re injecting our kids with esp. since it comes from big pharma.

  38. Thiajoka says:

    Anyone who is the anti-Jenny McCarthy is okay in my book. Inoculations are important–they protect future generations as well as new generations. Thanks for speaking out, Sarah Michelle.

  39. Janet says:

    For all you older folks out there, there is now a shingles vaccine available and my doctor strongly recommend s everyone over 50 to get it.

    if you have ever in your life had chicken pox, which most adults have had, you carry the shingles antibodies inside you and you have a one in three chance of developing shingles when you get older. My aunt went through the tortures of the damned. She said it felt like a thousand red-hot needles were being driven into her flesh. I got my shot on my doctor’s advice and recommend everyone over 50 do the same. If you’re still young, tell your parents. A lot of people don’t even know this vaccine is available yet.

  40. Jennifer12 says:

    Autism is more prevalent now because doctors finally know what to look for. Vaccines were proven NOT to cause autism. Furthermore, Rage Against the Minivan has a great piece on how being able to choose NOT to vaccinate your kids is a privilege in and of itself, because there are kids in third world nations who would have really loved to have that privilege and live with the results.

    • Moi says:

      I couldn’t have said it better myself. People always are looking for someone or something to pin the blame on. Autism rates have not increased, only the diagnosis rate, thanks to superior screening that now exists. I have written a few papers about this subject and immunizations. Parents who choose not to immunize are playing Russian Roulette with their child’s life. We are also losing our Herd Immunity in developed countries because so many people trust their own judgment or internet sites with exaggerated claims. Talk to a parent whose child died because they chose not to immunize. They have to live with those consequences. Our immune systems are absolutely amazing, they handle the onslaught of billions of microorganisms daily; however, there is no such thing as “natural immunity” when it comes to one of these diseases. Unfortunately, some of the diseases that have almost been eradicated are making a comeback thanks to the anti-vaccine crowd.

      Kudos to Ms. Gellar for speaking up. It’s refreshing to hear from a celebrity who has a brain and knows how to use it.

  41. Lucy Goosey says:

    This is a little off topic but why can’t they make a flu shot that is not incubated in eggs? I have an egg allergy and am not permitted to get a flu shot. I asked about the Flu Mist since that is a different formula. However, they told me I could’nt have that either. So I guess I will just get the flu….

    • Lucrezia says:

      How old are you? There’s a new vaccine – FluBlok – that is egg-free. (Well, technically it’s cultured in caterpillar eggs, but they don’t have the same allergy-triggering protein as chicken eggs.)

      But it’s really only for the 18-49 age range. Flu-shots designed for seniors have more antigens in them … otherwise an aging immune system might not even notice the shot at all.

      If you’re older you could still try it, but it’s not guaranteed to have the same effectiveness as it would in a younger patient.

  42. Luke says:

    Hi, I am a caring parent and I don’t believe in vaccination. I have searched the web for Hours reading advices and I think vaccination is not for my child. I know better than hundreds of years of medical research and advancement and billions of dollars invested to make the best vaccines and the best schedule of vaccination for my child. What do the doctors know anyway? They only went through years of training while I have read up on this stuff for hours. Did I say hours? I have read a lot. I know best.

  43. elo says:

    Even if the link between autism and vaccines was proven, I would still much rather have an autistic child then a deceased one.

  44. Andrea says:

    I do think there is a huge importance for vaccines. I don’t get everyone’s issue with Gardasil. I feel it is an important vaccine for young women. I got it at 26.

    I do wonder why autism on the rise much like PCOS (which I have). I firmly believe it is environmental and in our food. I wish more research went to both autism and PCOS because it definitely seems like too many children are developing autism and too many women are developing fertility issues.

  45. reader says:

    When the two evils are: 1) Vaccinate your child and get autism (this has been shown to be a false belief) vs. 2) Don’t vaccinate your child and have a much higher likelihood of your child getting a dangerous disease that will kill them
    I choose 1!

    You know what I think causes autism besides genetic markers? All the crap in our food and water. Pesticides in our food, pharmaceuticals like hormone pills, aspirin, etc. that people flush down their drains ending up in our drinking water, smog and chemicals in the air we breathe. It can be something as simple as using a detergent while pregnant if someone has certain genetic markers. The fact of the matter is, while developing in the womb, those first few weeks are crucial, and ANYTHING can possibly damage a fetus and cause autism or other problems. My older sister was born in another country, and was never vaccinated against anything until she was about 4 years old, but around 16-18 months, she completely stopped talking and interacting with people. She didn’t start talking again until a whole year and a half later. Who knows what caused it, but it definitely wasn’t a vaccine.

    I really think some people are genetically more sensitive to certain things, and I think this all occurs while in the womb as opposed to something that happens after a child is born.

  46. Belle Epoch says:

    If you’ve read this far, stay away from THE VACCINE BOOK by Dr Bob Sears. It is full of deceit. He started a measles outbreak in CA in his own office! Basically he says you don’t have to immunize your child as long as everyone else immunizes theirs. He made a lot of money pandering to the anti-vax crowd and promoting a delayed schedule that has no benefits.

  47. black_heart says:

    The reason you can’t argue with the anit-vaccine lunatics is because there is no argument. True, sound scientific research has overwhelmingly proved that vaccines do not cause autism but that they do save countless lives.

  48. If you want to learn more about the increase in autism diagnoses, might I suggest reading Temple Grandin’s book The Autistic Brain? She provides a nice summary of how different factors have influenced diagnoses.

  49. Sarah says:

    If your child has autism, you might check into getting NAET, that has been successfully used to re-set the immune systems of children affected by the vaccines. There has been research showing the effectiveness.

    Whooping cough is caused by a bacteria. The bacteria settles in your lungs and your body coughs to try to get rid of it. The worst part is the toxins that come from the bacteria. The toxins prevent your body from expelling the bacteria. I had whooping cough in January and had to learn all this.

    High doses of vitamin C will fix it. Nothing else worked for me. Do your own search for whooping cough and vitamin C. Here’s a link: http://www.whale.to/a/The-Vitamin-C-Treatment-of-Whooping-Cough.pdf