Apologies Needed in Vaccine Debate

April 9th, 2015

When I screw up, especially if I make a huge mistake, I apologize. I feel embarrassed, sometimes even shame.

From what I can tell Jenny McCarthy experienced none of these emotions after she swore in print, on radio and television that vaccines gave her son autism, except some now say they didn’t. It’s now reported that her son may have a genetic condition that has created symptoms that look or looked a lot like autism when her son was young.

Nothing to do with vaccines.

Thousands, maybe millions, of people have taken Jenny McCarthy’s words to heart and many of them have decided not to vaccinate their kids at all or to do so on a delayed schedule.

They fear the medicine that could save their children’s lives because they believe it could harm them.

Jenny McCarthy should say something. Not a small apology. Not an editorial. She should write a book about how she was very likely wrong, go on radio and television. Her apology should be as big as her evangelizing against vaccines.

You know who else should apologize? The former doctor, Andrew Wakefield, who allegedly falsified study results to show that vaccines cause autism. His medical license was revoked after the truth about his study came out.

Report after report has come out showing there’s no link between autism and vaccines but the information hasn’t resonated with everyone.

Why? I think part of the reason is because the people who were so persuasive about the link between autism and vaccines to begin with haven’t said they were wrong.