She was Blossom. She plays Amy Farrah on The Big Bang Theory. She holds a real-life PhD in neuroscience. There’s a lot to love about Mayim Bialik.
So I was disappointed to find out she doesn’t vaccinate her kids. Refusing to vaccinate is not an individual decision. It affects the whole population. It’s basic epidemiology.
Marziah had this to say on the Wired “GeekMom” blog:
Stop being responsible for the measles or pertussis revivals. Once you blog about it and talk about it on interviews, like the one you did recently for Science Friday, you’re no longer just influencing your friends. It’s no longer a private, personal decision. You’re influencing everyone within earshot. Stop being a disease vector. Stop pretending like the only person affected by your decisions is you. Start acting like the role model you aspire to be.
Someone with Bialik’s influence and credentials shouldn’t be endorsing this kind of behavior. She plays someone very smart on TV, and she should start acting like that instead of sharing a pediatrician with Jenny McCarthy.
I say this because so many of my readers are fans of hers and of her show, and if you believe in science you know that this is wrong.
Wonder if she would change her tune if her child actually got measles or pertussis. Hopefully they don’t, no one deserves to get ill. This type of reckless “personal choice” is deplorable because you not only are putting your own offspring at risk of contracting and possibly dying from a vaccination-preventable disease, you are also putting others at risk.