Wow. The last few days have been intense for my blog. I’m amazed at the amount of traffic that Jim Carrey is generating for his misguided efforts at Huffington Post. Thank you so much for coming here and offering your comments. They’ve been very sincere and nice, for the most part, and I really appreciate that.
Now that I have everyone’s attention, I’d like to help spread the word about vaccine safety.
I’m just a blogging at-home dad and an enthusiastic advocate for science. If your friends and family are worried about vaccines, you will probably want to send them to an expert on the subject. It would be hypocritical of me to challenge Jim Carrey’s information without offering a science-based resource as an option for more reliable information. Jim, if you’re listening, you and Jenny might try visiting this page too.
A few months ago, I was selected to take part in a teleconference interview with Dr. Ari Brown, author of the helpful parenting guide Baby 411. Dr. Brown is a well-informed pediatrician from Texas, and she is a tireless advocate for vaccines. I personally challenged her to step up and speak out against the antivaccine crusade, and she has since answered my call to arms with the best weapon of all – science-based information.
People don’t trust Dr. Paul Offit, even though you would be hard pressed to find someone more qualified on the subject of vaccines. We need another voice, someone who is not a celebrity (sorry Amanda Peet) and somebody who passes the “conflict of interest” test. Dr. Ari Brown is it!
She’s tried to speak out against the antivaccine movement before, but she’s been shut down by Oprah and other media outlets. They only seem to be interested in the controversy, not the facts. I asked her point blank if she was paid, or was ever previously paid, by any pharmaceutical companies, and she assured me that she hadn’t and does not intend to be paid by “big pharma”. Conspiracy theorists be damned!
So, if you want a trustworthy resource to pass along to your friends and relatives who are paranoid about vaccines, you should send them to Dr. Ari Brown’s vaccine page. She addresses every single antivaccine canard, and she does so with professionalism and knowledge.
Somebody in the comments asked me to point people in the direction of pro-vaccine facts. I hope I have done this request justice.
Is there a resource that you recommend? One post or one web page with all the answers? Please help spread the word and let us know in the comments. And forward Dr. Ari Brown’s vaccine page to new parents. Get the word out! Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy may be celebrities, but their fame will never suppress the truth!
*UPDATE* Are your friends and family brainwashed with antivaccine nonsense? Send them to AntiAntivax for some reprogramming.