Some people never get it. Despite being put straight by Dr. Sanjay Gupta five weeks ago, Bill Maher still doesn’t get vaccines. Just listen to this piece of stupidity from him tonight on Larry King tonight (all bold mine):
MAHER: I'm not into western medicine. That to me is a complete scare tactic. It just shows you, you can...
KING: You mean you don't get a -- you don't get a flu shot?
MAHER: A flu shot is the worst thing you can do.
KING: Why? MAHER: Because it's got -- it's got mercury.
KING: It prevents flu.
MAHER: It doesn't prevent. First of all, that's...
KING: I haven't had the flu in 25 years since I've been taking a flu shot.
MAHER: Well, I hate to tell you, Larry, but if you have a flu shot for more than five years in a row, there's ten times the likelihood that you'll get Alzheimer's disease. I would stop getting your...
KING: What did you say?
MAHER: That went better in rehearsal but it was still good. Absolutely, no the defense against disease is to have a strong immune system. A flu shot just compromises your immune system.
First – he’s really been drinking the anti-vax Kool Aid. This “vaccines compromise the immune system” is just nonsense. Idiocy. Vaccines train the immune system so they are ready if the real disease strikes.
Second – where does he get the data that says five flu shots makes it ten times more likely that you'll get Alzheimer's disease? That’s a very specific number. What study could this have come from? He didn’t just make it up did he? Nah, surely not.
Then, get this about the polio vaccine – that has virtually wiped out polio from the world:
KING: Polio was eliminated.
MAHER: Yes but, you know, there are many books out that will -- that will -- and I'm not well enough versed on it to talk about it that will indicate that there are other reasons why it was.
And a lot of diseases that have been they say, whoa, this was eliminated because of a vaccine, they find out well no actually the country got toilets and that's what happened.
This idea that better hygiene and sanitation meant that diseases had already begun to disappear before vaccines were introduced, is just more anti-vax nonsense. Yes, better sanitation helped, but vaccines were still the reason most diseases have gone away. I suppose we should be grateful Maher doesn’t want any kids – we don’t want any more unvaccinated kids in the country.
I decided to email bill and ask about that ten times figure:
On Larry King tonight you said “if you have a flu shot for more than five years in a row, there's ten times the likelihood that you'll get Alzheimer's disease”. Can you please provide the source for that statement? I’m ideally looking for a citation in a peer reviewed scientific journal, but I’d be interested in any source you have.
Unless there is something to back it up, your comment would also seem like a scare tactic.
I’ll let you know if he replies.
Of course, you could also Email Bill and ask him where he gets his information from. If you wanted.