Kimmel on Vaccines: LA Parents ‘More Scared of Gluten Than Smallpox’

Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel decided to get semi-serious during his monologue Thursday night and address the anti-vaccination movement, which has taken heat after the recent measles outbreak.

“Here in LA, there are schools in which 20 percent of the students aren’t vaccinated because parents here are more scared of gluten than smallpox,” Kimmel said on his ABC show “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

Kimmel admitted that anti-vaccine people aren’t going to take advice from a talk show host, but he said he would expect people to take medical advice from “almost every doctor in the world,” because “they didn’t learn about the human body from their friends’ Facebook page.”

He specifically mentioned actress and former Playboy Playmate Jenny McCarthy, who has campaigned against mandatory vaccines, saying they are linked to autism. The medical community say the studies that suggested the link have seen been discredited.