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Jenny McCarthy gets slammed

April 16, 2014 Chicago

Ever since Jenny McCarthy’s son Evan, now 11, was diagnosed with autism in 2005, the View co-host has spoken a lot about a link between the behavioural disorder and vaccinations given to children.

However McCarthy wrote that she's "pro-vaccine," claiming she's been "wrongly branded as 'anti-vaccine.'’ In an interview published in Chicago Sun Times.

"This is not a change in my stance nor is it a new position I have recently adopted," she wrote, adding, "I've never told anyone to not vaccinate."

"My beautiful son, Evan, inspired this mother to question the 'one size fits all' philosophy of the recommended vaccine schedule," she said. "I embarked on this quest not only for myself and my family, but for countless parents who shared my desire for knowledge that could lead to options and alternate schedules, but never to eliminate the vaccines."

"I believe in the importance of a vaccine program," she wrote, "and I believe parents have the right to choose one poke per visit."

The 42-year-old actress-turned-advocate referenced a 2009 Time Magazine interview with Jeffrey Kluger and said, "People have the misconception that we want to eliminate vaccines...Please understand that we are not an anti-vaccine group. We are demanding safe vaccines. We want to reduce the schedule and reduce the toxins.”

Kluger wrote that "outbreaks of measles, mumps and whooping cough continue to appear in the U.S." and are mostly "the result of parents refusing to vaccinate their children because of the scare stories passed around by anti-vaxxers like you..."

"You are either floridly, loudly, uninformedly antivaccine or you are the most grievously misunderstood celebrity of the modern era," he added. "Science almost always prefers the simple answer, because that's the one that's usually correct. Your quote trail is far too long—and you have been far too wrong—for the truth not to be obvious."

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