Darla Shine, wife of White House communications official and former Fox News executive Bill Shine, blasted vaccines following a measles outbreak

By Robyn Merrett
February 13, 2019 08:11 PM
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There is no scientific link between vaccines and autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Darla Shine, wife of White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Bill Shine, is arguing that serious diseases like measles can help fight cancer.

Shine’s screed against vaccines came on Wednesday after CNN reported on a measles outbreak in Clark County, Washington and Oregon.

“Here we go LOL #measlesoutbreak on #CNN #Fake #Hysteria,” Shine, a former Fox News producer, tweeted, slamming CNN’s coverage of the disease.

“The entire Baby Boom population alive today had the #Measles as kids,” Shine — who, along with the White House, did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment — continued.

“Bring back our #ChildhoodDisease they keep you healthy & fight cancer.”

Shine went on to claim that she had measles, mumps and chicken pox as a child “and so did every kid I knew.”

Because of this, Shine believes she is immune to the disease.

However, despite claiming to be an anti-vaxxer herself, Shine said, “my kids had #MMR [the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine] so they will never have the life long natural immunity I have.”

“Come breathe on me!” Shine continued, on her Twitter, which was first identified by the Daily Beast.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the MMR vaccine is recommended in preventing measles, mumps and rubella.

“Children should get two doses of MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 to 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age,” the CDC states.

According to the CDC, more than 70,000 measles cases were prevented in the US between 1994 and 2013 as a result of vaccines.

While many Americans, including Shine, survived the disease after it passed, that hasn’t always been the case.

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“In the decade before 1963 when a vaccine became available, nearly all children got measles by the time they were 15 years of age. Also each year, among reported cases, an estimated 400 to 500 people died,” according to the CDC.

There is also no proof that contracting measles can help in the prevention of cancer.

In the end, vaccinations are always the safer route, the CDC says.

Shine’s anti-vaccination rant prompted a number of social media users to fire back at her theories.

“The wife of a top aide to the president is a health hazard. All by herself. Anti-vaxxers are killers, murdering children with fake science, trying to turn their ignorance into a fatal epidemic,” one social media user tweeted.

The World Health Organization named vaccine hesitancy — the “reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability” — as one of the top threats to global health in 2019.

Each year the World Health Organization, or WHO, publishes a list of the ten biggest threats to world health to set its agenda for the next 12 months. This is the first year that vaccine hesitancy has made the list.

In the United States, those who skip vaccination for themselves or their children often cite religious reasons or the incorrect notion that vaccines lead to autism. (The Centers for Disease Control said there is no scientific link between vaccines and autism.)

WHO also said that choosing not to vaccinate “threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases.” Over the last few decades several diseases like polio and measles — which were considered eradicated in countries where vaccines were readily available — have seen a resurgence as people have started to reject vaccinations.

“Measles, for example, has seen a 30% increase in cases globally,” WHO said. “The reasons for this rise are complex, and not all of these cases are due to vaccine hesitancy. However, some countries that were close to eliminating the disease have seen a resurgence.”

• With reporting by ADAM CARLSON