As the number of confirmed measles cases in the U.S. continues to grow, organizations like the CDC and AMA aren’t the only ones reminding parents how important it is to get kids vaccinated. Comedian Samantha Bee is also speaking up as she takes on anti-vaxxers in a hilarious new episode of Full Frontal.
“It is dumb to form medical opinions on a false study by an unlicensed doctor,” the TK-year-old explained on Wednesday night’s show, referencing Andrew Wakefield’s famously debunked research. “So, once more for the anti-vaxxers in the back, vaccines do not cause autism.”
She then went on to cite some of the scary statistics surrounding vaccination (or lack thereof) in the U.S.—like how so far in 2019, a staggering 387 cases of measles have been reported in 15 states, three of which have even declared a state of emergency. Bee, adding that measles is the leading cause of death in children worldwide, said, “The biggest problem is a failure to understand that vaccines are a public health issue.”
Blaming ignorance and “hamburger bride Jenny McCarthy” for the spread of the anti-vaccine movement, Bee revealed that there are currently anti-vaxx bills proposed in 20 states, despite all of the research proving how effective and important vaccines are. Bee quipped, “Who are you going to believe: leading authorities on medical science or 800 memes on your cousin’s Facebook page?”
She added that vaccines are “one of the most incredible [scientific achievements in human history” that “keep our children from dying unnecessary painful deaths while positively contributing to the overall well-being of society.”
At the end of the show, Bee was joined by Ethan Lindenberger, the teen who made national headlines when he got vaccinated against his anti-vaxx mom’s wishes. The duo then put on a parody of Riverdale in which they reminded kids that vaccines are cool and that “maybe it is bad to get diseases from the Middle Ages.”