Maureen McCormick does not approve of an anti-vaccination group using her image to downplay the seriousness of measles.
The group is referencing an episode of “The Brady Bunch” from 1969 in which McCormick, who played Marcia Brady on the family sitcom, catches measles along with her other siblings.
In it Marcia says, “If you have to get sick, you sure can’t beat the measles.”
“I think it’s really wrong when people use people’s images today to promote whatever they want to promote and the person’s image they’re using, they haven’t asked or they have no idea where they stand on the issue,” McCormick told NPR.
She also added that her own daughter was vaccinated.
“Having the measles was not a fun thing,” McCormick recalled of when she actually got measles as a child. “I remember it spread through my family.”
McCormick’s concern over anti-vaxers using her image to support their agenda comes as measles cases in the United States have surpassed the highest number on record since the disease was declared eliminated nationwide in 2000.
U.S. health officials on Monday updated the national tally. It has already eclipsed the total for any full year since 1994, when 963 cases were reported.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says this year’s count includes 44 people who caught the disease while traveling in another country.
Some of them triggered U.S. outbreaks, mostly among unvaccinated people. That includes the largest outbreaks, in Orthodox Jewish communities in and around New York City.
Three-quarters of those who caught the extremely contagious disease are children or teenagers.
No deaths have been reported but 66 patients were hospitalized.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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