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

John Oliver dedicated Sunday's main story on Last Week Tonight to breaking down the inexplicable public skepticism about vaccines.

"Despite [vaccines'] success, small groups are both skeptical and vocal about vaccines, which is nothing new", the host said. And Donald Trump, "human megaphone that is the president of the United States", has only made matters worse by supporting an "alternative vaccine schedule". "The problem is that it's the middle ground between sense and nonsense", Oliver said.

Rather than get entirely political and enforce all of my views on vaccinations in children, I will say that I'm a father of two young boys and 100% support getting them vaccinated.

Actor Rob Schneider was also discussed with a clip shown of him defending a parent's right to withhold vaccines.


"I kind of get why vaccines can creep people out", Oliver continued. Although, pretty much every medical practice sounds terrifying when you break it down like that.

He said: "Even though Wakefield's conclusions have been debunked many times, he not only denies wrongdoing, he actually still gives talks about the supposed dangers of the MMR vaccine".

The anti-vaccine movement, which has been around for years, has gained momentum as anti-vaxxers have expressed concerns that immunizations - as well as the number and frequency of injections - may harm developing children. An appendectomy means removing one of your organs through stabbery.

You know, people like Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has long led a campaign against a mercury-based additive which not only has never been linked to any harmful effects, but which has also been removed from all but flu vaccines.


He said: "Most of the fear surrounding vaccines stems from their supposed link to autism". As a result, Wakefield lost his medical license.

Last Week Tonight airs Sundays at 11 p.m. on HBO. "And we tend not to talk about the very tangible good that they do". However, Oliver said, he will vaccinate his child. "He is 19 months old".

"Parenthood in general is fucking terrifying".

Oliver ended the segment on a personal note, acknowledging that parenting can be "terrifying" and that his natural inclination is to be afraid of everything - including, as he put it, "the dark, the light, heights, depths, confined spaces, wide-open spaces, intimacy, spiders and a sudden and mysterious lack of spiders".



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