Last Week Tonight: John Oliver blasts Trump for boosting anti-vaccine movement

Sunday's show narrowed in on the anti-vaccine movement, pointing out that its rise among Somali communities has most likely led to 78 reported cases of measles in our state in 2017, outpacing the total number in the United States a year ago.

Oliver examines the hysteria about vaccines over the course of his in-depth segment, but in the end he makes it personal: "I am someone who is scared of literally everything", he says.

"Small groups are both skeptical and vocal about vaccines, which is nothing new", Oliver said on his show, which aired Sunday evening. "But these days their voice has been amplified by the human megaphone that is the president of the United States".

"Now, that is a theory that gained traction in the late 90s thanks to a study published in the medical journal The Lancet suggesting a link between autism and the MMR vaccine".

"It's like saying it would be insane to eat that entire bar of soap, so I'll just eat half of it", he said.




The exhausting list of insufferable white men who seem to relish speaking out against vaccines include Doctor Bob Sears who, despite admitting no scientific backing for his proposed delayed, selective vaccine schedule, still pushes weird, self-penned maxims like, "Vaccines don't cause autism ... except when they do". As a result, Wakefield lost his medical license. The Lancet paper has been retracted.

Wakefield made a big splash before having his legacy tarnished and his title revoked.

"He's basically, the Lance Armstrong of doctors", Oliver joked. Oliver ridiculed parents who fear "needles full of science juice" and take different approaches to disease prevention, like giving their children "used lollipops and pus-soaked clothing from complete strangers". However, Oliver said, he will vaccinate his child.

After noting the rise in preventable diseases like measles, Oliver went through numerous alarm bells that anti-vaxxers like to ring, noting that there is absolutely no evidence that links the MMR vaccine to autism (and the only doctor to say there was is basically "the Lance Armstrong of doctors") and noting that the FDA does not allow mercury of any kind in infant vaccines.

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