John Oliver Has Absolutely Had It With Anti-Vaxxers

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On Sunday's episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver implored science and common sense in debunking the vaccine debunkers, and it got a little personal, too. The host used a clip from CBS News featuring former WCCO anchor Jamie Yuccas as a set up.

"This atmosphere of confusion about vaccines has caused real problems", Oliver said, pointing to the measles outbreak in Minnesota's Somali community.

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Hold up. Rewind the tape. Garrisons Keillor? And the worst of all: President Trump, who amplified vaccine fears on the campaign trail and tweets comments like, "No more massive injections, tiny children are not horses- one vaccine at a time, over a time".

Coming up next week: Oliver takes on Als Franken.

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There was a time, Oliver explained, when people waited in line (like people do now for iPhones) to get a polio vaccine. This is partly due to blatantly false information they received from Andrew Wakefield who published studies with distorted data that linked the MMR vaccine to autism - there is absolutely zero link. I know first hand the dangers of over vaccinating and leaving your child in the care of poor doctors. "And we tend not to talk about the very tangible good that they do". Believe me, I'm someone who is literally scared of literally everything: "the dark, the light, heights, depths, confined spaces, wide-open spaces, strangers, intimacy, spiders, and a sudden and mysterious lack of spiders", Oliver said. For what it's wroth, I have a son. "He is nineteen months old, he was born prematurely following a very hard pregnancy and I'm anxious about his health and I still worry about his health a lot". "I've anxious about his health, and I'm still worrying about his health a lot, but we are vaccinating him fully on-schedule, and if I can overcome the temptation to listen to the irrational shouting of my terrified lizard brain, then I believe everyone can". It's also nice to see him take somewhat of a break from Donald Trump, if only to give us a moment to breathe while he prepared his next 20 minute administration bashing. "And if I can overcome the temptation to listen to the irrational shouting of my terrified lizard brain, then I believe that everyone can".

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