Comedian Jessica Williams gives a rousing defense of vaccinations to HuffPost, gets a deluge of reaction

On Thursday, “The Daily Show” correspondent Jessica Williams gave viewers a field piece on the anti-vaxx movement, discussing its scourge against parents who are in favor of vaccinating their children. As she noted, 25…

Comedian Jessica Williams gives a rousing defense of vaccinations to HuffPost, gets a deluge of reaction

On Thursday, “The Daily Show” correspondent Jessica Williams gave viewers a field piece on the anti-vaxx movement, discussing its scourge against parents who are in favor of vaccinating their children. As she noted, 25 percent of parents in one area refuse to vaccinate their children and up to half of births in some states are unvaccinated.

“I heard that it’s really hard to know who your community is going to be, and what makes you your community is who’s not there,” Williams said, delivering her thoughts on the issue. “I have never heard of this many kids who are missing out on vaccines who are from one family, because they’re biracial.”

When Williams spoke about the hurdles parents face when it comes to vaccinating their children, the segment generated enough responses to merit a response on the HuffPost Politics Facebook page. Here are the highlights:

“Hey, what’s going on? The ‘Natural Health Magazine,’ is trying to make something into a trend and, in your opinion, no body wants to waste money, health care, etc. on something that is either fad?”

“What a joke. Part of the rest of it reads ‘This feels really like today’s version of the lazy couch potato disease making it a perfectly reasonable thing for parents not to vaccinate their kids and for children and their siblings not to get vaccinated.’ How is that? This shows just how low the bar in our culture is on empathy. It’s like we live in a really dysfunctional, severely limited, terrible, mind-numbing world now. At all levels, from preschool to adults. We need a revolution. We need people to protest. For everyone!”

“A well balanced understanding of vaccines and their prevalence require very strong research. Do they help child illness and ensure that we live healthy, safe lives? Of course they do! I wish more people would come to understand the science.”

“Well, if you like talking about how to make the world a better place, would you like to invest money in serious scientific research? There is only one pharmaceutical company making cancer drugs. There is no national science budget, so how can you say that vaccine wasn’t effective? It’s because you don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“On your side, you’re talking about stopping one infectious disease from spreading to another unsuspecting person? You have no idea what the rotavirus vaccine does. It’s a more effective way to vaccinate people about who is getting rotavirus, what the symptoms are, and what food you can eat for it. If you don’t think the research shows you that it’s a safe vaccine, then you need to find something better to do with your attention.”

“Those little bastards from Kenya have such a different definition of what a gun is. Also, it’s really strange that antivaxxers don’t think that cholera is a vaccine as well, because your alarm is sounding on what they’re saying because they’re saying these shittier facts.”

“Amazing story. I’m using this very metaphorically. People coming into America today are a lot like babies on a train, so they need to be pointed in the right direction to safety, and that is to be vaccinated. Even infants need a vaccine! You can’t just put them out into the world with nothing to protect them and expect they’re going to be ok. Or even watch them.”

“Oh, on that note, is there a type of toilet paper that will filter out the rest of the germs on the toilet seat from the feces, the pee, the blood, and can the words ‘vaccine’ and ‘swimming’ be integrated into one adhesive strip?”

“The other day a nun got a lecture in the physical sciences about her herpes, so I’m thinking she’s terrified of germs now. She had something to do with the movement of people like Donald Trump and Alex Jones. Who knows.”

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