Vaccines: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

  • Published: 26 June 2017
  • The benefits of vaccines far outweigh the minuscule risks, but some parents still question their safety. John Oliver discusses why some people may still feel uncertainty about childhood vaccinations.

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Comments • 36 794

  • Lord Colin
    Lord Colin  3 hours back

    I just lick smallpox pustules and I am fine.

    • Bryan Smith
      Bryan Smith  8 hours back

      proud liberal here. my body my choice doesn't just apply to abortions. it applies to vaccines to. if someone doesn't want vaccines, they HAVE that choice. their bodies, their choice.

      • eeeaten
        eeeaten  3 hours back

        Bryan Smith you’re getting your agendas confused because of your ridiculous notion of political polarity. Must be american.

    • marco jordan
      marco jordan  19 hours back

      the people at LastWeekTonight should get familiar with the game of quotes by marc-uwe kling. i think they would have a blast and at least sporadically spam their audience with even more falsely attributed quotes... would be rad.

      • S R
        S R  1 days back

        Of course, its crazy, they are text book crazy and paranoid, being driven by irrational fear and mob mentality people who believe a three year social media craze over 300 years of well documented science from experts, decades of trials, and statistics. It would be difficult to be more ignorant than that on an issue, but im sure someone will try beat them!!

        • S R
          S R  1 days back

          Meanwhile currently in Samoa anticipation social media trends is masscaring kids and unvaccinated people

          • S R
            S R  1 days back

            Got to love watching trump stumble through dialog

            • Excordium_ Edge
              Excordium_ Edge  1 days back

              OF COURSE Florida is on the anti-vaxx rise.


              • Natasha Pedro-Petty
                Natasha Pedro-Petty  1 days back

                There is so much misinformation in this episode. Just parroting the CDC’s incorrect media sound bites. Certainly not informed journalism as it should be.

              • Rori Clare
                Rori Clare  2 days back

                Here because of the recent epidemic of measles in Samoa... because there's nothing I can do but I just need to feel like there is

                • michale andmore
                  michale andmore  2 days back

                  Man Americans are so stupid and dumb, how are they still alive

                  • Hingle McCringleberry
                    Hingle McCringleberry  2 days back

                    My aunt is completely anti vax and whenever I mention anything physically bothering me, she attempts to convince me of essential oils and their “medicinal applications in the human body”.

                    • JBean
                      JBean  2 days back

                      crine lord

                      • HammerTh
                        HammerTh  3 days back

                        It turns out that Thimerosal is actually one of the few non-toxic mercury compounds while organic mercury (for example inside fish) is the most toxic form of mercury.
                        Robert F. Kennedy Jr. should really learn some toxicology!

                        • Matheius
                          Matheius  3 days back

                          Antivaxers: imma pretend i didn't see that.

                          • only1excellent
                            only1excellent  3 days back

                            You have to know what causes Autism before you can say what does not.

                            • eeeaten
                              eeeaten  3 days back

                              no you don't, you idiot. do candy canes cause gulf war syndrome?

                          • * MadLad555 *
                            * MadLad555 *  4 days back

                            "Memes aren't facts" yeah I'm gonna have to disagree with you on this one...

                            *Epstein didn't kill himself*

                            • truthtrekker
                              truthtrekker  4 days back


                              • truthtrekker
                                truthtrekker  46 less than a minute back

                                @eeeaten *Is that your professional opinion as a rusty coat hanger abortionist??*

                              • eeeaten
                                eeeaten  16 hours back

                                @truthtrekker bro this is how it works: you post insane nonsense on a public forum, people tell you it's insane nonsense. enjoy!

                              • truthtrekker
                                truthtrekker  23 hours back

                                @eeeaten *Have you always been a stalker??*

                              • eeeaten
                                eeeaten  3 days back

                                @truthtrekker drugs?

                              • truthtrekker
                                truthtrekker  3 days back

                                @eeeaten *You are entitled to your opinion. Your father didn't leave your mother and abandon his entire family because he was happy with the situation. Death is still eternity inside the Sun. We all get the notion that you think slavery is an acceptable act. You believe dropping bombs on pregnant woman, children playing and old folks walking in the park, is a obviously a display of sanity and that all owners of slaves and warmongers can just waltz out of life and leave everything to their children. The bombs that are dropped daily on human beings is a clear sign of the worshipers of the devil. Anyone, like you, that lacks plain common sense is bound for the Sun and richy deserves their fate. Nature uses death as the catch all. When you get back inside of the Sun, all the that shit you tried to pull is paid in full. Enjoy Stupid!*

                            • elchamber
                              elchamber  4 days back

                              One reason why people don’t vaccinate is cause there were so many lies spread in the media that was suggested scientifically proven safe and then later retracted. It’s a state of distrust. And, like the psychic video, there’s plenty of people that are willing to capitalize on it.

                              • eeeaten
                                eeeaten  3 days back

                                what psychic video?

                            • Ratboy2004
                              Ratboy2004  4 days back

                              Unbiased source? They're called DOCTORS

                              • mai rodriguez
                                mai rodriguez  4 days back

                                His analogy’s are to laught about certainly .

                              • No Nope
                                No Nope  5 days back

                                facebook users have perpetuated disinformation of vaccines and now I have whooping cough.

                                Just delete your fuckin facebook, people

                                • puspita
                                  puspita  5 days back

                                  John Oliver keeps itching his nose is it s symbol of sign of some sort lol

                                • SongBird
                                  SongBird  5 days back

                                  I think people forget that you can trust others without being blind or naive. I have a doctor in my family and from the conversations I have with them I can say that the distrust for medical professionals is understandable. Doctors are humans just like the rest of us and make mistakes, sometimes they are wrong and they should be held accountable. However, occasional mistakes do not discredit our collective knowledge as a species. Science isn't inherently bad or dangerous, we just have to stay educated and take precautions. If you don't trust your doctor get a new one. If you don't like what a doctor says, get a 2nd opinion. You can also do your own research but be aware of a lack of credibility and temper it with an understanding that your grasp of the concept is limited. It's okay to question the status quo, it isn't okay to throw logic out the window and reach a nonsensical conclusion that might harm others.

                                  • Magnus Sandström
                                    Magnus Sandström  6 days back

                                    DRINKING WATER KILLS PEOPLE!!! 100% OF PEOPLE WHO DO *WILL DIE!!!*

                                    • MetteLentz
                                      MetteLentz  6 days back

                                      Okay, I seriously get the doubt and confusion there is about Vaccines in America. From where I stand (in another country FYI) It seems to me that American's have little faith in a lot of their systems (goverment, medical, education) so I don't find it surprising that people doesn't trust expert knowledge, as it seems (from an outsider's perspective) that there is a lot of lobbying going on (like, experts being one the pay role). I think it is good to question things and trying to investigate things, but you also have to realise, that if you are not educated in the field, chances are that you are not able to get the full picture, also that it will take time and you have to be critical of every paper you read and investigate who wrote it and their possible interests in writing the paper....It is a rather confusing dilema, but a big problem is that it is the people who have no knowledge and just parot other's who are the loudest. (Or at least that is my view some aspects of this problem, feel free to argue respectfully against my points)

                                      • Bailee’s Bookshelf
                                        Bailee’s Bookshelf  6 days back

                                        Am I the only one who thinks John Oliver looks like an owl who can’t get a date

                                        either that or a parrot working at a bank

                                        • Dave Howe
                                          Dave Howe  6 days back

                                          I totally believe the jar thing, but what can you expect from someone who is not only anti-fish but anti-minion? :)

                                          • Oh No Get Out!
                                            Oh No Get Out!  6 days back

                                   trust MERK... It's only glyphosates your injecting into your babies. What could go wrong?

                                            • eeeaten
                                              eeeaten  3 days back

                                              @DM584 poe's law ftw. my guess is he doesn't know.

                                            • DM584
                                              DM584  4 days back

                                              Wait, you do realize The Science Post is a satirical website like The Onion, right?

                                          • Петър Георгиев

                                            It is hypocritical to say that a politician who presumably did that or this is corrupt and your only evidence is the news, but to say that vaccines are safe and your only evidence are some studies who may very well be manipulated by the vaccine makers. Who has the money is the one who holds the power to do things.

                                            • Cas Hartnell
                                              Cas Hartnell  6 days back

                                              "Children are fucking disgusting"

                                              -John Oliver, now a father of two

                                              • eeeaten
                                                eeeaten  3 days back

                                                he should know as well as anyone. he's not wrong!

                                            • backiman
                                              backiman  7 days back

                                              somebody revoke dr robert sears medical license asap

                                              • blackbird163
                                                blackbird163  7 days back

                                                This is great thank u.

                                                • Chipwhitley274
                                                  Chipwhitley274  7 days back

                                                  The concern, that any scientific minded, person should have with vaccines is that there have been zero long term properly controlled studies proving the safety of vaccines... What is currently being relied upon are short term and Non-controlled or improperly controlled inconclusive tests... none of which have been repeated, in any attempt to verify results/conclusions.

                                                  Skepticism is often not because people doubt the idea of a vaccine... their skepticism is about the additives that could potentially be a problem. Additives in different vaccines vary, but often include things that are potentially toxic... toxic to organs, toxic to the lymph system, intracellularly toxic, toxic to neurons etc. It has not been definitively proven that those toxins cause Autism or any-other neurological disorder or organ damage... but it has also not been dis-proven... there has not been any legitimate testing to conclusively make either claim.

                                                  Again, it isn't that we know, as a fact, that these dosages are actually a danger, they may very well not be... but they haven't proven their safety with legitimate controlled studies, and people should question that, and demand proper testing... and if problems are revealed, then substitute ingredients with safe alternatives. Many ingredients are currently being used simply because they are inexpensive, which lowers the cost of manufacturing.

                                                  If we have concerns about food, and the chemicals and genetics of the food we eat... Should a reasonable person not be concerned with what is directly injected into our bodies?

                                                  Even when we look at the dosage levels of a single vaccine, it may be determined that the levels are too low to be dangerous... but are we considering that an infant or a toddler can get up to 6 vaccines (whether multiple or combination shots) in one session?

                                                  Another factor that many people overlook... is the risk versus the reward. When people think of Measles, and other diseases, people imagine terrible skin conditions, encephalitis, and a lot of severe suffering, and death. When people think of Polio they think paralysis. They think those things because those are common symptoms from 100 years ago, and in Third World Countries. The symptoms of any disease are exacerbated in poor conditions, lack of hydration, lack of sanitation, lack of nutrition, and lack of basic medical attention. But in the U.S. we have easy access to those things. And historical data actually shows the disease incident rates were on a massive decline before wide spread vaccination took place... the drop was more likely occurring because society was improving those conditions of sanitation, nutrition, clean water etc. etc. And that is the same reason that recent outbreaks are more easily controlled when they do occur now.

                                                  For instance, in the U.S., contracting Polio has a 95% chance of no symptoms at all, and only a 0.5% chance of resulting in paralysis.

                                                  In the U.S., Measles, for example, almost always simply amounts to a body rash and flu symptoms, and then the person recovers fine. There is only a 0.1% chance of it progressing to encephalitis, and even then the symptoms are usually mild and can be fully recovered from, severe cases of encephalitis are rarer. There is only a 0.01% chance of it progressing to SSPE. And there is only about 0.3% chance of measles progressing to being fatal.

                                                  Back when the Disneyland outbreak occurred... there were Zero fatalities, none were anywhere near fatal conditions. But people got scared because they thought a terrible disease was going to run rampant.

                                                  Now, as an adult, people can make informed decisions about the risk and rewards. Many people will feel the protections vaccines provide are definitely worth the current risks... and that is their right to make that choice freely, and I don't condemn anyone for making that choice for them or for their children.

                                                  People may feel that other people who don't vaccinate are being irresponsible, and that they are a threat to others... But if you disagree with people that don't believe in vaccinations, and you decide to vaccinate, then you have increased protections, that reduce their threat to you in the first place. Also consider, that even if they chose to vaccinate, they are still able to be carriers of the pathogens. With those factors, the idea that they are being a high risk threat isn't accurate.

                                                  So, a vaccinated person has a low risk of contracting the disease from someone who is un-vaccinated, and what risk there is, anyone vaccinated or not, can be a carrier... and in the rare case someone contracts the disease, the symptoms can be non-existent, or they can be flu-like symptoms with a body rash, and they will recover just fine.

                                                  Only in extremely rare cases will all the factors work against a person, it would be extremely rare that even though they were vaccinated they contract measles, then have severe symptoms and contract encephalitis, and then SSPE, and then the disease becoming fatal.

                                                  While any death is tragic... and we'd like to prevent them all... there is no way to prevent them all... statistically the risk vs. reward isn't as clear as it is made out. And let's not forget that many people opposing vaccines (in their current state) are not advocating for stopping the use of vaccines altogether... all they are requesting is to properly test them, to make sure they are safe, and if they aren't then we should make the vaccines safe.

                                                  Without properly controlled long term studies being done... we are taking the pharmaceutical industries word for it. But I personally don't trust untested claims... I am not so willing to just take their word for it, when it comes to injecting substances into my body. And when the medical community is dismissive about legitimate scientific testing... there is a problem... that isn't science. And when adverse effects of a treatment are a part of what is being dismissed... then it isn't medicine anymore.

                                                  • an anomally
                                                    an anomally  7 days back

                                                    If you think that big Pharma is influencing vaccines then how about using NHS research where the market is mostly stable and the government would meditate them since you know lobbying is illegal here
                                                    But that would be a good idea and we all know how much the president like those

                                                    • Dawn Pettersen
                                                      Dawn Pettersen  1 weeks back

                                                      In New Zealand children can't go to a Pre-school or Kindergarten unless you have all the shots they require for entering.

                                                      • Marcio Alvarado
                                                        Marcio Alvarado  1 weeks back

                                                        For all anti vax, go live in Africa for a year if you're so confident in your "natural immune system"

                                                        • Y I
                                                          Y I  6 days back

                                                          Marcio Alvarado actually there is a good portion of Africa that doesn’t have problems like this.

                                                      • callmewisdom
                                                        callmewisdom  1 weeks back

                                                        The story about the french girl seems a bit strange since the herd-immunity in Austria is actually higher than it is in France

                                                        • Shane Martin
                                                          Shane Martin  1 weeks back

                                                          Fuck Garrison Keillor

                                                          • eeeaten
                                                            eeeaten  1 weeks back

                                                            why, what did he do?

                                                        • Altysha Koichueva
                                                          Altysha Koichueva  1 weeks back

                                                          john oliver you are a liar, ignorant puppet of the big pharma! Go check HighWire with Mr. Del Bigtree! He has all the answers for you! And all vaccine-zombies go check and get the real science! Can you guys question your point of view? Can it stand questioning?

                                                          • DM584
                                                            DM584  4 days back

                                                            Del Bigtree has no relevant education in this field. If he wants people to listen to him, he should go get a medical degree first.

                                                          • eeeaten
                                                            eeeaten  1 weeks back


                                                          • Marcio Alvarado
                                                            Marcio Alvarado  1 weeks back

                                                            Your white privilege is showing

                                                          • L1ttleT3d
                                                            L1ttleT3d  1 weeks back

                                                            So with over 50 toddlers dead in Samoa you're _still_ poisoning the world with your disgusting idiocy?
                                                            What does it take for you people to get it? How many deaths is enough?

                                                        • RWS12234
                                                          RWS12234  1 weeks back

                                                          13:09 yes, contrary to what the public is led to believe - science is deeply flawed. Data is skewed all the time.

                                                          • Mortato Doesnthaveasurname

                                                            someone on this show had the job of googling stupid pictures of fish. I wish I was that someone

                                                            • Michaela Vrell
                                                              Michaela Vrell  1 weeks back

                                                              I was raised in a family that didn’t vaccinate. I now have 1 son, and we continue to not vaccinate. We are literally NEVER sick. None of us get sick. We have incredible immune systems. Doctors always comment on how healthy we are.
                                                              Seriously why would there be an entire segment of the government to pay off vaccine injuries? Why has there been no double blind placebo test on ANY vaccine?
                                                              I’m so used to getting hated on that I welcome it. Someone explain to me why 79.4% of SIDS deaths happen within 48 hours of DTaP vaccine? You know what, saying that one group of kids who got all their vaccines including MMR and comparing it to another group who got all their vaccines EXCEPT MMR and saying they have done a fully vaccinated versus unvaccinated makes me sick. Be honest people, and give us REAL and HONEST studies. And Senator took $95,000 dollars to pass your bill so you lost all credibility.

                                                              So frustrated.

                                                              • DM584
                                                                DM584  4 days back

                                                                +Michaela Vrell
                                                                *"Why has there been no double blind placebo test on ANY vaccine? "*
                                                                Do you even know what a "double blind placebo" test is you moron? No. I guarantee you just read that on an anti-vaxxer website and are repeating it here. A double blind placebo test on vaccines would be unethical, and no IRB would ever approve it. You can't randomize a group of people to just not get vaccines when we know they work.

                                                                *"I was raised in a family that didn’t vaccinate. I now have 1 son, and we continue to not vaccinate. We are literally NEVER sick."*
                                                                You were raised by idiots, and you're an idiot too. The fact that you think your family's experience says anything compared to population studies with millions of people is pathetic. Go take an intro to statistics class. Your understanding of basic math is worse than a 5th grader.

                                                              • Mizaris
                                                                Mizaris  7 days back

                                                                Get slammed ^.

                                                              • Richard Gregory
                                                                Richard Gregory  1 weeks back

                                                                _Seriously why would there be an entire segment of the government to pay off vaccine injuries?_

                                                                There isn't. They created a special court to deal with injury claims because otherwise the vaccine companies would be faced with endless vexatious lawsuits and the impossible burden of proving that the vaccine did not cause the claimed injury - proving a negative is extremely difficult. Also note that the court offers a "no fault" policy,. Claims that fail are not charged. Also note that there have been about 127 payouts. In that period there have been about _100,000,000_ vaccinations.

                                                                _Why has there been no double blind placebo test on ANY vaccine?_

                                                                Because (a) it's unecessary and (b) it would be totally unethical, since it would involve randomly injecting people with either a vaccine or placebo, then exposing them all to an infectious disease (one that could potentially kill them or leave them paralysed, etc) to see whether the vaccinated people got sick less. If you want to colunteer for the ebola or rabies vaccine like that then knock yourself out.

                                                                _Someone explain to me why 79.4% of SIDS deaths happen within 48 hours of DTaP vaccine?_

                                                                Your source for this claim? Proof please. You really think the medical profession would not notice this or worse, ignore it? From the World Health Organisation:

                                                                *"One myth that won't seem to go away is that DTP vaccine causes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). This belief came about because a moderate proportion of children who die of SIDS have recently been vaccinated with DTP; on the surface, this seems to point toward a causal connection. This logic is faulty however; you might as well say that eating bread causes car crashes, since most drivers who crash their cars could probably be shown to have eaten bread within the past 24 hours*

                                                                *If you consider that most SIDS deaths occur during the age range when three shots of DTP are given, you would expect DTP shots to precede a fair number of SIDS deaths simply by chance. In fact, when a number of well-controlled studies were conducted during the 1980s, the investigators found, nearly unanimously, that the number of SIDS deaths temporally associated with DTP vaccination was within the range expected to occur by chance. In other words, the SIDS deaths would have occurred even if no vaccinations had been given.*


                                                            • M G
                                                              M G  1 weeks back


                                                              • Quentin Brown
                                                                Quentin Brown  1 weeks back

                                                                I’m autistic and I can tell you that it’s better than being dead, deaf or blind (I’m just blind to social cues😄)

                                                                • Behind The Curtain
                                                                  Behind The Curtain  1 weeks back

                                                                  Vaccines kill babies?
                                                                  No vaccines kill babies?
                                                                  One way or another I'm getting more dead baby jokes.

                                                                  • Alex Lewis
                                                                    Alex Lewis  1 weeks back

                                                                    By creating the 'memes aren't facts' meme, he has unknowingly created a paradox in which, if that's not a fact, memes are facts, making it true again. Have fun with that logic paradox.

                                                                    • Vincent Lagana
                                                                      Vincent Lagana  1 weeks back

                                                                      REBUTAL AND FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO KEEP INFORMED

                                                                      • eeeaten
                                                                        eeeaten  1 weeks back

                                                                        who's telling you this? oh, this antivax-funded tv salesman:

                                                                    • Vincent Lagana
                                                                      Vincent Lagana  1 weeks back

                                                                      You fucked up John!

                                                                      • eeeaten
                                                                        eeeaten  1 weeks back

                                                                        it's you who fucked up, vince.