Look at her. Go on, look at her.
Smiling, happy, healthy? Right?
She died, at age 17, just a week or so ago, of measles.
I’ll let that sink in for a moment.
Of all the diseases that you can prevent with a simple vaccine, measles is the most likely one to be fatal.
And those fatalities, while more prevalent among small children, aren’t limited to them, as a family in Portugal learned to their profound grief.
Now, tell me again how measles is just a mild disease that makes children break out in a rash and feel bad for a couple of days, but it’s really no big deal and you know that because you saw it on the fucking Brady Bunch.
Why don’t you tell Ines Sampaio’s parents that?
I smelled a rat, so I did a little looking. The episode of the Brady Bunch involving measles aired in 1969. The series went into syndication in 1975, and the series has been aired since then as re-runs, but almost entirely on cable channels like TBS or Nick at Nite. Guess who doesn’t have cable television and hasn’t had it, I would guess, for many, many years? And guess who was born after the program was already in syndication?
However, if you Google “Brady Bunch measles” you get many, many hits. Many.
Here’s a few.
There are at least four pages of this sort of thing. Most of the references are to anti-vax sites that use the Brady Bunch measles episode as “proof” that nobody died of measles back in the days before the MMR was invented.
That’s where somebody got the Brady Bunch anecdote.
From crappy, idiotic anti-vax sites.
Not vaccinating children should be grounds for their being removed from the home, permanently. Forever. Period.