Not anti-vaccine, except when he is anti-vaccine

The pediatrician to the stars has a new Twitter profile picture. In case he changes it, here it is:


“See? I vaccinate,” he seems to be thinking.

Apparently, he’s getting vaccinated because he’s traveling somewhere. This is supposed to show us that he’s for the use of vaccines. However, he also writes things like these:

“Studies showing that vaccines and their many constituents do not contribute to this problem are flawed, filled with specious reasoning and, for the most part funded by the pharmaceutical industry. Even articles in reputable medical journals are often written by doctors with an economic interest in continuing the vaccination program’s status quo. This does not invalidate all of these studies but it certainly makes them suspect and a poor foundation for an argument excluding vaccines from the list of environmental influences on the increase in autism in America and elsewhere.”

Ah, the Pharma Shill gambit. If it’s founded by Big Pharma, then it’s flawed. Never mind that Big Pharma really doesn’t make that much money from vaccines.

What else did he write?

“Asking that cars be manufactured with more attention to safety and that driving is best when done safely does not make one “anti-car” or anti-driving. Asking for safer vaccinations and more judicious use of those we have does not make me or anyone else “anti-vaccine.””

No, but it does make you someone who denies science. Vaccines have been proven to be safe and not associated with autism, even at the time he wrote that article. Now, look at the last sentence in the next paragraph, which I’ve bolded:

“I have no proof that vaccines cause autism and would be very excited to have my large group of extremely healthy mostly unvaccinated children studied someday. It would be disingenuous to imply that non-vaccination might not lead to an increased incidence in vaccine-preventable illness. It would be equally disingenuous to state that this possibility poses a great threat to America’s children. The risks of vaccinating the way we do now exceeds the benefits of this vaccine program.”

You’re right, doctor. There is no proof that vaccines cause autism. You’re wrong, doctor. The risks of vaccinating “the way we do” — whatever that means — do not, will not, and cannot exceed the benefits of protecting every child from measles, whooping cough, chicken pox, or influenza, among other evils.

Maybe your celebrity moms and dads can be swayed by the letters after your name and your mild demeanor, doctor. But posting a picture of you getting a vaccine doesn’t erase your track record of being anti-vaccine. It doesn’t erase you from this picture. And it doesn’t erase this speech of yours, in which you said:

“Vaccines, as they are presently formulated, are toxic enough to cause autism and other neuro-immune disorders, very simply. Are we anti-vaccine?”

Yes. Yes you are. You’re also a joke… No better than the racist person who says they’re not racist because they have a friend/relative/co-worker who’s Black. In essence, a hypocrite.

6 thoughts on “Not anti-vaccine, except when he is anti-vaccine

  1. “I have no proof that vaccines cause autism and would be very excited to have my large group of extremely healthy mostly unvaccinated children studied someday….”

    Tell you what, Dr Jay. When you can *also* prove your “large group of extremely healthy mostly unvaccinated children” aren’t also the INITIAL CASE for the spread of VPDs among those who can’t be vaccinated or are too young to be vaccinated, I might listen to you.

    Until that time, however, I won’t listen to you. I won’t waste money buying your books. I WILL talk friends and relations out of wasting their money on your books.

  2. Many reputable clinical trials have absolutely refuted the link between autism and vaccination. Modern vaccines have NO toxins in the formulation or preservatives – if you are going to bring up that argument. Unfortunately a pox on all of you who refuse to protect your children and therefore spread epidemics of diseases that can be eradicated! So selfish and ignorant!

  3. Here, according to Jay, is where that picture came from…

    Jay, went completely off-topic to take a swipe at Orac (post # 25):

    “much the way that Leni Riefenstahl was”

    David, Hitler? Really??

    Having a really bad day there?

    Cheer up: The influenza season is ending owed a to vibrant national vaccine policy.

    AND, I changed my Twitter picture to the one showing me getting a hepatitis A vaccine prior to my trip to rural Ethiopia!


    How (not so) completely out of character for Jay, who thinks of himself as being so kind, caring and civil. I wonder if Dr. Jay urges his mommies to have their unvaccinated children immunized against measles, before they take their special snowflakes to Europe where measles is now endemic?

  4. Classic, “Do as I say, not as I do.”

    Come on, Dr. Jay – why don’t you go traveling without updating your immunizations? I mean, you downplay the seriousness of the disease – so why get vaccinated if the disease is no big deal?

  5. No, no, you’ve got it all wrong. He is only against the vaccines that have Toxins(TM). You know, the ones which Cause Autism(TM). The other vaccines are perfectly safe. Any day now he’ll give us a list saying which is which.

  6. Wow. Gets vaccine himself. Spreads anti-vaccine rubbish dissuading others from getting vaccines for their kids. I’m sure there’s a meme in there somewhere. Probably features a brown baseball cap, turned sideways.

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