Scientist Debunks Jim Carrey’s Anti-Vaccination Tweets

In a series of recent tweets, actor Jim Carrey raged against a new California law banning the personal belief exemption for childhood vaccines. The bill, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Tuesday, makes the shots mandatory for every child before attending public or private school. The only children who will be exempt from vaccines are those who have a medical reason to postpone them, such as an immune deficiency or cancer.

Carrey maintains that his objection is to the additives in vaccines, like thimerosal and mercury, not the vaccines themselves. “I am not anti-vaccine,” he tweeted.

I am not anti-vaccine. I am anti-thimerosal, anti-mercury. They have taken some of the mercury laden thimerosal out of vaccines. NOT ALL!

— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) July 1, 2015

But it’s simply not possible to hold both beliefs, said Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Carrey’s insistence on making an issue out of a non-issue like the supposed dangers of the preservative thimerosal actually is an anti-vaccine position, Offit explained. By Offit’s count, there are several high-quality studies that show thimerosal in vaccines does not cause autism or developmental delays in the children who receive them.

“What makes Jim Carrey anti-vaccine is that he takes a non-issue and he makes it an issue,” said Offit. “He puts out misinformation about vaccines, and therefore he’s anti-vaccine.”

Some vaccines, including certain flu vaccines, still contain trace amounts of thimerosal. Carrey likened this chemical to the methylmercury found in fish, which is a neurotoxin and can cause serious damage to people if ingested in large amounts.

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