Watch Jimmy Kimmel and Doctors Hilariously Lose Their Minds Over Anti-Vaxxers
Measles is no joke. But if humor is what it takes for parents to vaccinate their kids against the deadly disease, then so be it.
In the way he knows best, Jimmy Kimmel asked real doctors to send a message to parents who haven’t had their kids vaccinated.
“The thing about doctors is that they didn’t learn about the human body from their friends’ Facebook page,” Kimmel said in a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, singling out infamous anti-vaxxer Jenny McCarthy as a root of all the madness.
The PSA that followed features medical professionals who are none too pleased about the anti-vaccination trend that has resulted in the recent measles outbreak. They stress that they are doctors, and experts agree that disadvantages to vaccines are virtually nonexistent—which is why they cannot “f-----g believe” that they have to make a PSA about it.
A profanity-laced airing of grievances ensue. “Hey, remember that time you got polio?” asks one doctor. “No, you don’t, because your parents got you f-----g vaccinated!”
“All these people had to set up cameras, lights, sound equipment, so that I could tell you to do something we’ve been doing for a century,” she says, hands shaking. “Look at all these people!”
Another complains, “Now I have to use my only day off to talk to you about vaccines.”
Other professionals have been seeking ways to persuade parents to vaccinate their children in the doctor’s office as well. One Kansas City, Missouri, doctor goes as far as explaining vaccine ingredients to parents to mollify any pushback. This approach of presenting inoculation as the default option has been found to be the most effective way to convert vaccine skeptics, according to a 2013 study published in the journal Pediatrics.
Hopefully, efforts to fight the anti-vaccination movement will soon pay off—for the sake of children and the doctors who deserve to finally spend their days off binge-watching Breaking Bad.