Jimmy Kimmel probably isn’t the first person that you think of when it comes to making meaningful commentary about health issues that can affect your children.
However, on a recent episode of his late-night talk show, he decided “to get serious for a moment” with a brief talk on the anti-vaccine movement (or anti-vaxers, if you have to put a name to them).
Kimmel did not abandon his snarky sense of humor, but his monologue possessed a bit more urgency and heart than what audiences have come to expect. In it, Jimmy derided parents for no longer listening to their doctors because of “something Jenny McCarthy said while she was wearing clothes.”
He also made the frequent point of doctors that when it comes to vaccinations, your decision to vaccinate or not doesn’t just affect you and your child, but it also affects all children, including those who could experience life-threatening conditions as a result of exposure to a virus.
To sum up, Jimmy Kimmel believes that parents today — at least the anti-vaxers — “are more afraid of gluten than smallpox.”
He then turned it over to a team of doctors, and things took the typical Kimmel turn albeit with more foul language and less Kimmel.
In the following video, a series of doctors berate you for not having your children vaccinated and for not letting them get through the full series of Breaking Bad “because of something you read on a forwarded email.”
Funny stuff, unless you buy into the anti-vaccine movement.
Of course, to be fair, not every doctor agrees with the assessments of the ones in the video above. Earlier this year, the Inquisitr brought you the story of Jack Wolfson, the anti-vaccine doctor, who had some blunt words for parents and politicians urging mandatory vaccinations.
When asked by CNN if he could live with himself if his child got another child sick from not being vaccinated and it led to that child’s death, he had this to say.
“I could live with myself very easily. It’s a very unfortunate thing that people die but unfortunately, people die, and I’m not going to put my child at risk to save another child. I’m not going to sacrifice the well-being of my child. My child is pure. It’s not my responsibility to be protecting their child.”
What do you think, readers? Does Jimmy Kimmel and his team of doctors have it right, or should vaccination be an option left to parents?