Have you heard the latest anti-vaccine conspiracy theory?
Remember the Brady Bunch measles episode?
The one where all the kids got sick and two different pediatricians had to visit the house to check on the kids?
Did CBS and Hulu Remove the Brady Bunch Measles Episode?
While anti-vaccine folks apparently use the fact that the Brady Bunch did a measles episode as a reason to skip or delay their own child’s vaccines, they have gone a little further now, coming up with a conspiracy theory about efforts to keep people from watching the episode.
The episode, Is There a Doctor in the House?, aired during season 1 on December 26, 1969.
For reference, this was just after the updated measles vaccine was approved in 1967, and when there were at least 25,826 measles cases in the United States and 41 deaths.
Why didn’t they talk about any of that during the episode?
Although some folks read a lot into the episode, it was basically about how Carol and Mike each called separate pediatricians to the house for the kids, one for the boys and one for the girls, instead of just calling one for the newly formed Brady bunch.
But think about it… If measles is so mild, why did they have to call their pediatricians?
And if nothing else, remember that it shows how contagious measles really is. All of the kids got sick!
But was the episode removed so that you can’t watch it anymore?
Since a lot of other episodes are missing, and not just from season 1, it doesn’t seem very likely.
And keep in mind that it’s not uncommon for there to be missing episodes when you try to stream these older shows online.
Mostly remember that when you think that everything is a conspiracy, everything looks like a conspiracy, even when it is easy to find a more reasonable explanation.
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