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Jessica Biel Weighs In on Vaccine Fight, Drawing Fierce Pushback
By Julie Bosman, Patricia Mazzei, Dan Levin, 6/13/19, NY Times

The pair sat smiling in a picture posted to Instagram: the actress Jessica Biel, who became famous on the television series “7th Heaven,” next to Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an activist who has spread misinformation about childhood vaccines.

The image, taken in Sacramento this week as Ms. Biel and Mr. Kennedy lobbied against a bill that would tighten immunization requirements, instantly placed Ms. Biel in the company of vaccine skeptics, and among the many Hollywood celebrities who have taken a stance on the issue, including Robert De Niro and Jenny McCarthy.

Ms. Biel’s lobbying efforts in California’s state capital, and her association with Mr. Kennedy, who lauded her on Instagram as “courageous,” prompted a swift and furious response from those who criticized her for seeming to oppose vaccines.

And it reflected one of the realities of anti-vaccine beliefs: They are held by individuals across the country who might have little else in common, politically or otherwise. Anti-vaccine advocates include wealthy actors in Los Angeles, Orthodox Jews in New York, parents in the Pacific Northwest who send their children to Waldorf schools, Somali-Americans in Minnesota and conservatives who home-school their children.

Ms. Biel quickly issued a statement on Thursday insisting that she is supportive of vaccines, but opposed to the bill in California, which would require that medical exemptions to mandatory vaccination be approved by state health officials, rather than just individual doctors.

But her backpedaling did little to quell the outrage from parents, doctors and others who have accused those in the anti-vaccine movement of allowing highly contagious diseases like measles to spread in the United States. With an outbreak of the measles now underway, and state legislatures around the country debating immunization requirements, the entry of another prominent celebrity into the debate both broadened the scope of the national discussion around the issue and drew a fierce pushback from the medical community..

On Thursday, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, a vaccine expert for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shared on Twitter a picture of a boy stricken by measles. Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the agency, posted a video clip of Dr. Messonnier explaining how vaccines are created. “Vaccines are the best way to protect families and communities from #measles,” he wrote.

Ms. Biel’s stance on the California legislation attracted many enthusiastic responses on social media from fans and parents who are suspicious of vaccines. But Facebook groups also lit up with withering insults directed at Ms. Biel. One comment read: “Go to med school, do some real-life research, and then maybe you can spew your harmful, baseless opinions. In the meantime, keep your kids away from mine.”

Through June 6, there have been 1,022 new cases of measles reported in the United States in 2019, the largest number since measles was declared eliminated in the United States 20 years ago.

“I think what’s happened is, there is a more organized and engaged opposition to celebrity claptrap and nonsense, and in general anti-vaccine malarkey,” said Arthur L. Caplan, a bioethicist at the N.Y.U. School of Medicine. “Defenders of vaccination are much more engaged. They’re saying, we’re not going to put up with anti-vaxxers and celebrities maneuvering around the edges of the debate.”

Ms. Biel framed her lobbying against the bill as an effort to support parental rights, according to a statement she posted to Instagram on Thursday.

“I support children getting vaccinations and I also support families having the right to make educated medical decisions for their children alongside their physicians,” she wrote.
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In campaigning publicly against the legislation, Ms. Biel follows a number of celebrities who have spoken out on the issues of vaccinations and parental rights. Ms. McCarthy, a former co-host of “The View,” has suggested for years that the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine caused her son’s autism. Mr. De Niro, who has a son on the autism spectrum, promoted a documentary about the alleged dangers of vaccines. Other famous people who have questioned the benefits of vaccines and of limits on medical exemptions include Alicia Silverstone, Jenna Elfman and President Trump.

“I think when Jenny McCarthy was the main face of the anti-vax movement, medical professionals were a little dismissive,” said Tara C. Smith, professor of epidemiology at Kent State University. “Then she built this empire around these mommy warriors, and became the face of women who felt they were empowered by their personal experience with their children and what they had seen of vaccination.”

Since Mr. Kennedy, 65, started raising questions about the safety of childhood vaccines, challenging a cornerstone of public health, he has become the most recognizable face in the vaccine wars. Scientists have denounced his claims as dangerous, saying they will lead to epidemics that kill children. He has been abandoned even by formerly stalwart supporters, and has lost many friends.

Historically, opposition to vaccines has not broken neatly along political lines. Instead, the position was associated with both the extreme right and the extreme left. In recent years, however, vaccine policy has taken on a partisan bent, with Republicans tending to favor looser immunization mandates, according to Dorit Reiss, a professor at the University of California Hastings School of Law in San Francisco who studies vaccine laws.

Some Republicans opposed recent efforts to tighten vaccine mandates in Colorado, Maine, Oregon and Washington. Maine recently eliminated nonmedical vaccine exemptions, as California, West Virginia and Mississippi have already done. New York, which is battling a large measles outbreak, followed suit on Thursday. Washington, which has grappled with a cluster of measles cases, eliminated personal and philosophical exemptions to receiving the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine for children in schools and day-care centers.

“The anti-vaccine movement has convinced Republican politicians that school mandates are too restrictive, and that’s a problem,” Mrs. Reiss said. “You can be for individual liberty and still think that it’s not O.K. for one family to make going to school dangerous for another family.”

She said that over the past eight years, state legislatures have passed more laws to enforce vaccine mandates than to weaken them, noting: “It’s still true that vaccines have bipartisan support.”

In California, lawmakers have proposed tightening rules to make it more difficult for parents to obtain medical exemptions that allow them to keep their children unvaccinated. Some parents, denied an exemption by their pediatrician, have turned to doctors far from home — including doctors with no experience with children, those who might typically prescribe medical marijuana to adults or run anti-aging clinics — to sign off on exemptions instead, Mrs. Reiss said.

State Senator Richard Pan, the Sacramento-area Democrat who sponsored the legislation in the Senate, is a pediatrician with a master’s degree in public health. He lamented Ms. Biel’s foray into the political debate.

“It’s unfortunate that a celebrity who does have a platform — she has lots of followers on social media and other things — is spreading misinformation about both vaccines and the bill,” he said.

Dr. Pan said he was heartened by those who responded in opposition to Ms. Biel’s position.

“I appreciated that many people are calling her out for that,” he said. “It’s important we stand up for science and facts — and, more important, keep our kids safe.”

Mrs. Reiss said the response signaled a shift.

“One thing that’s reassuring — and I think this is different than in 2010 — is a strong reaction,” she said. “When Jenny McCarthy started this, my understanding is that there were criticisms of her, too, but there were also a lot of positive reactions.. Now almost all the positive reactions seem to come from the extreme anti-vaccine movement. Everyone else is saying, ‘What are you doing?’ That is a reassuring difference. It suggests we no longer just smile and nod.”

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There are always pros and cons to medical matters. In this case there should
be a large enough pool of vaccinated people to stop the spread of that
particular ailment. As it can kill if there is no immunity. However, some
people will have some reaction to it. We live in a society where we weigh up
risk every day when we cross the road. There is no difference. Vaccination
for the common ailments has been around and used in the same manner for
enough years to see that the the grater good is served by accepting the risk
to the few. There is no perfect solution and no perfect world either.
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Jessica Biel Weighs In on Vaccine Fight, Drawing Fierce Pushback
By Julie Bosman, Patricia Mazzei, Dan Levin, 6/13/19, NY Times

The pair sat smiling in a picture posted to Instagram: the actress Jessica
Biel, who became famous on the television series "7th Heaven," next to
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an activist who has spread misinformation about
childhood vaccines.

The image, taken in Sacramento this week as Ms. Biel and Mr. Kennedy lobbied
against a bill that would tighten immunization requirements, instantly
placed Ms. Biel in the company of vaccine skeptics, and among the many
Hollywood celebrities who have taken a stance on the issue, including Robert
De Niro and Jenny McCarthy.

Ms. Biel's lobbying efforts in California's state capital, and her
association with Mr. Kennedy, who lauded her on Instagram as "courageous,"
prompted a swift and furious response from those who criticized her for
seeming to oppose vaccines.

And it reflected one of the realities of anti-vaccine beliefs: They are held
by individuals across the country who might have little else in common,
politically or otherwise. Anti-vaccine advocates include wealthy actors in
Los Angeles, Orthodox Jews in New York, parents in the Pacific Northwest who
send their children to Waldorf schools, Somali-Americans in Minnesota and
conservatives who home-school their children.

Ms. Biel quickly issued a statement on Thursday insisting that she is
supportive of vaccines, but opposed to the bill in California, which would
require that medical exemptions to mandatory vaccination be approved by
state health officials, rather than just individual doctors.

But her backpedaling did little to quell the outrage from parents, doctors
and others who have accused those in the anti-vaccine movement of allowing
highly contagious diseases like measles to spread in the United States. With
an outbreak of the measles now underway, and state legislatures around the
country debating immunization requirements, the entry of another prominent
celebrity into the debate both broadened the scope of the national
discussion around the issue and drew a fierce pushback from the medical
community.

On Thursday, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, a vaccine expert for the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, shared on Twitter a picture of a boy
stricken by measles. Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the agency, posted
a video clip of Dr. Messonnier explaining how vaccines are created.
"Vaccines are the best way to protect families and communities from
#measles," he wrote.

Ms. Biel's stance on the California legislation attracted many enthusiastic
responses on social media from fans and parents who are suspicious of
vaccines. But Facebook groups also lit up with withering insults directed at
Ms. Biel. One comment read: "Go to med school, do some real-life research,
and then maybe you can spew your harmful, baseless opinions. In the
meantime, keep your kids away from mine."

Through June 6, there have been 1,022 new cases of measles reported in the
United States in 2019, the largest number since measles was declared
eliminated in the United States 20 years ago.

"I think what's happened is, there is a more organized and engaged
opposition to celebrity claptrap and nonsense, and in general anti-vaccine
malarkey," said Arthur L. Caplan, a bioethicist at the N.Y.U. School of
Medicine. "Defenders of vaccination are much more engaged. They're saying,
we're not going to put up with anti-vaxxers and celebrities maneuvering
around the edges of the debate."

Ms. Biel framed her lobbying against the bill as an effort to support
parental rights, according to a statement she posted to Instagram on
Thursday.

"I support children getting vaccinations and I also support families having
the right to make educated medical decisions for their children alongside
their physicians," she wrote.
=========
In campaigning publicly against the legislation, Ms. Biel follows a number
of celebrities who have spoken out on the issues of vaccinations and
parental rights. Ms. McCarthy, a former co-host of "The View," has suggested
for years that the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine caused her son's autism.
Mr. De Niro, who has a son on the autism spectrum, promoted a documentary
about the alleged dangers of vaccines. Other famous people who have
questioned the benefits of vaccines and of limits on medical exemptions
include Alicia Silverstone, Jenna Elfman and President Trump.

"I think when Jenny McCarthy was the main face of the anti-vax movement,
medical professionals were a little dismissive," said Tara C. Smith,
professor of epidemiology at Kent State University. "Then she built this
empire around these mommy warriors, and became the face of women who felt
they were empowered by their personal experience with their children and
what they had seen of vaccination."

Since Mr. Kennedy, 65, started raising questions about the safety of
childhood vaccines, challenging a cornerstone of public health, he has
become the most recognizable face in the vaccine wars. Scientists have
denounced his claims as dangerous, saying they will lead to epidemics that
kill children. He has been abandoned even by formerly stalwart supporters,
and has lost many friends.

Historically, opposition to vaccines has not broken neatly along political
lines. Instead, the position was associated with both the extreme right and
the extreme left. In recent years, however, vaccine policy has taken on a
partisan bent, with Republicans tending to favor looser immunization
mandates, according to Dorit Reiss, a professor at the University of
California Hastings School of Law in San Francisco who studies vaccine laws.

Some Republicans opposed recent efforts to tighten vaccine mandates in
Colorado, Maine, Oregon and Washington. Maine recently eliminated nonmedical
vaccine exemptions, as California, West Virginia and Mississippi have
already done. New York, which is battling a large measles outbreak, followed
suit on Thursday. Washington, which has grappled with a cluster of measles
cases, eliminated personal and philosophical exemptions to receiving the
measles, mumps and rubella vaccine for children in schools and day-care
centers.

"The anti-vaccine movement has convinced Republican politicians that school
mandates are too restrictive, and that's a problem," Mrs. Reiss said. "You
can be for individual liberty and still think that it's not O.K. for one
family to make going to school dangerous for another family."

She said that over the past eight years, state legislatures have passed more
laws to enforce vaccine mandates than to weaken them, noting: "It's still
true that vaccines have bipartisan support."

In California, lawmakers have proposed tightening rules to make it more
difficult for parents to obtain medical exemptions that allow them to keep
their children unvaccinated. Some parents, denied an exemption by their
pediatrician, have turned to doctors far from home - including doctors with
no experience with children, those who might typically prescribe medical
marijuana to adults or run anti-aging clinics - to sign off on exemptions
instead, Mrs. Reiss said.

State Senator Richard Pan, the Sacramento-area Democrat who sponsored the
legislation in the Senate, is a pediatrician with a master's degree in
public health. He lamented Ms. Biel's foray into the political debate.

"It's unfortunate that a celebrity who does have a platform - she has lots
of followers on social media and other things - is spreading misinformation
about both vaccines and the bill," he said.

Dr. Pan said he was heartened by those who responded in opposition to Ms.
Biel's position.

"I appreciated that many people are calling her out for that," he said. "It's
important we stand up for science and facts - and, more important, keep our
kids safe."

Mrs. Reiss said the response signaled a shift.

"One thing that's reassuring - and I think this is different than in 2010 -
is a strong reaction," she said. "When Jenny McCarthy started this, my
understanding is that there were criticisms of her, too, but there were also
a lot of positive reactions. Now almost all the positive reactions seem to
come from the extreme anti-vaccine movement. Everyone else is saying, 'What
are you doing?' That is a reassuring difference. It suggests we no longer
just smile and nod."

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/13/u...alifornia.html




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