Best-selling novelist, Jamie McGuire, author of 20 books in the New Adult genre (for ages 18-30) and mother of three, made an impassioned Facebook post on March 8th that has since gone viral.
McGuire wrote in part, “Until you can prove vaccines do not cause DNA mutations, I do not consent.” The post currently has 3K shares, 8.6K reactions, and more than 19K comments. She punctuated her remarks to her 28K followers (and 89.9K Instagram followers) by saying, “Where there is risk, there must be choice.” (Check out the entire post below.)
In Oklahoma where McGuire lives, parents are still able to claim medical, religious, or personal vaccine exemptions for their children (the state has seen a rise in exemptions in recent years). Click here to know your rights, by state. And McGuire’s 14 and 19-year-old children have been vaccinated with the exception of the HPV. But, she stopped vaccinating her 6-year-old son after his first MMR jab “because it caused an adverse reaction.”1
As you might imagine, reactions to McGuire’s post haven’t all been kind. Here are just some of the comments:1
- “Then stay the f*** out of public schools because your ignorance is a health risk to us all”;
- “Your rights end when you start infringing upon the life, liberty, and property of others”;
- “You can’t fix stupid”;
- and “Stay at home and fade away.”
- Others just took aim at her appearance with sexist comments comparing her to “an ad for Hooters,” while some have simply posted ridiculing memes.
Thankfully, she also received many supportive comments.
“McGuire says she believes the vaccine issue has become so polarized for two reasons: ‘because most involved believe they’re fighting for the health and safety of children,’ she says, ‘and because of the growing trend of media and pharmaceutical companies’ fear mongering when it comes to choosing to vaccinate. It’s the right button to push for parents.’”1
The CDC says on its website that: “The United States’ long-standing vaccine safety program closely and constantly monitors the safety of vaccines. A critical part of the program, CDC’s Immunization Safety Office identifies possible vaccine side effects and conducts studies to determine whether health problems are caused by vaccines. Data show that the current U.S. vaccine supply is the safest in history.”1 But they also acknowledge that deafness, long-term seizures, and brain damage are possible after vaccination. Indeed, the MMR vaccine’s package insert warning says:1
- MMR II has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or potential to impair fertility
- that caution should be taken by nursing women because it’s not known whether the vaccine is secreted in milk
- and lists many possible adverse reactions, including fever, vomiting, diabetes, anaphylaxis, myalgia, encephalitis, and neurological disorders.
And then, of course, there’s the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) and the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims…because vaccines do cause reactions, serious complications, and even death. In fact, “Since its inception, the program has doled out more than $4 billion in damages”1 for reactions ranging from Guillain-Barré Syndrome (flu shot) to encephalitis (pertussis vaccination) and death.
Since the year 2000, there have been three measles-related deaths reported; one in 2015 (a Washington woman whose age was not released), and two in 2003, of a 13-year-old suffering from a chronic disease, and of a 75-year-old who had traveled to Israel.1 And the CDC reports the flu and its complications caused the deaths of an estimated 80,000 Americans in 2017 of which 185 were pediatric. However, missing from the information provided is how many of those people had been vaccinated.
McGuire explained why she continues to speak out saying, “Parents with similar views feeling silenced is what gives me the courage to speak openly. I need concerned parents to feel they’re not alone. My fan base knows I — like anyone — have opinions and that I often share them. Most know I’m also a fan of discussion and open-mindedness. Social media has cultivated a strange, concerning new climate that people who disagree must hate each other and spew vitriol without repercussions or consequences.”1
We couldn’t agree more.