Ari Brown, MD is a pediatrician in Austin, Texas and is the author of the popular 411 series of parenting books.
She also famously responded to Jenny McCarthy’s 2007 appearance on Oprah which scared a lot of parents:
When a well-meaning parent like Jenny McCarthy blames vaccines for her child’s autism, placing the fear of God into every parent who has a baby, it’s not only irresponsible – it’s dangerous. Why? It’s simple math: vaccines are less effective when large numbers of parents opt out. And the more who opt out, the less protected ALL our children are.
Celebrity books come and go, but the anxiety they create lives on in pediatricians’ offices across the country. A small, but growing number of parents are even lying about their religious beliefs to avoid having their children vaccinated, thanks in part to the media hysteria created by this book.
The full Letter from Dr Brown called out The New McCarthyism and “all the medical inaccuracies of her book.”
For more information:
- Clear Answers and Smart Advice About Your Baby’s Shots
- Vaccines and Autism
- Dr. Ari Brown Comments As Panelist on Dr. Oz Show
- A Jenny McCarthy Reader, Pt. 2: Jenny brings her anti-vaccine views to Oprah
- Oprah and Jenny McCarthy : A woo too far
- Jenny McCarthy lies about vaccines. Surprise.
- Measles are back but where is Jenny McCarthy?
- Ethics and the ‘ Oprah effect’. – Adventures in Ethics and Science
- After Jenny and Oprah