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Jenny McCarthy: I am not anti-vaccine even though I think vaccines cause autism

Jenny McCarthy reiterates that she is not against vaccines: Vaccines cause autism
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Jenny McCarthy reaffirmed that she is not opposed to vaccinations, insisting her controversial anti-vaccine stance has been misconstrued.

McCarthy said she has been wrongly labeled as being "anti-vaccine," when she is merely opposed to children getting multiple vaccination shots in one doctor's visit. "Everyone should ask questions, but I’m certainly not against them,” Jenny told ABC News.

McCarthy tried to set the record straight in an April 2014 Chicago Sun-Times editorial. "For my child, I asked for a schedule that would allow one shot per visit instead of the multiple shots they were and still are giving infants. I believe in the importance of a vaccine program and I believe parents have the right to choose one [shot] per visit. I’ve never told anyone to not vaccinate.”

Jenny McCarthy Said Her Son Got Autism From Vaccines

McCarthy has an 11-year-old son, Evan, who was diagnosed with autism in 2005. Jenny has courted controversy over the years after saying Evan's autism was caused by the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine he received as a baby. In 2007, McCarthy was heavily criticized after launching an anti-vaccine movement.

Jenny has repeatedly stated that vaccines contain toxins that cause autism, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other behavioral problems, notwithstanding scientific research showing otherwise.

But she claims her words were misconstrued, and that the public should read beyond sensationalistic headlines if they want to truly understand her position. “I think people should read exactly what I have said instead of reading headlines,” she said.

McCarthy Slammed for Fear-Mongering

Meanwhile, McCarthy has been criticized for spreading alarm and causing parents to become unnecessarily concerned that their children will become autistic if they get vaccinations.

"The myth that vaccines somehow cause developmental disorders lives on," science writer Seth Mnookin wrote in his book, "The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy."

"Despite the lack of corroborating evidence, it has been popularized by media personalities such as Oprah Winfrey and Jenny McCarthy. Meanwhile, millions of dollars have been diverted from potential breakthroughs in autism research. Most tragic of all is the increasing number of children dying from vaccine-preventable diseases."

McCarthy, 41, was also slammed after remarking that she had cured her son's autism by eliminating gluten from his diet. Autism is a developmental disability characterized by difficulty with communication and social interaction. There is no known cause or cure. Autism now affects one in 68 children.

Jenny, who has successfully transitioned from Playboy model to actress to "The View" host, revealed her secrets for success and happiness in her new book, Stirring the Pot: My Recipe for Getting What You Want Out of Life.