Brenda Fitzgerald’s cognitive dissonance

Trump’s top pick to become the next director of the CDC is Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, who is currently the health commissioner for Georgia. I just watched an video interview with her in which she states the following:

“This no smoking during pregnancy campaign we’re having is so important to me, because I know the bad things that can happen because of tobacco and know that if you quit anytime in the pregnancy that’s an improvement of the pregnancy.”

Now, that comes across as sound thinking, right? Right.

But then, separately, in an article titled “Thinking of a flu shot? Don’t put it off“, Dr. Fitzgerald writes the following:

“Every healthy individual over the age of 6 months should get a flu vaccine. It is especially important for the elderly and very young to get a flu shot. And, when given to women during pregnancy, the vaccine has shown to protect both mother and baby up to 6 months old from flu.”

Hmm. So, Dr. Fitzgerald has some serious concerns about a pregnant woman smoking and the effect of inhaling tobacco toxins on the developing fetus. BUT, she has no problem at all injecting pregnant mothers with various strains of the influenza virus, formaldehyde, aluminum, gelatin, thimerosal, chicken egg proteins, and antibiotics. Huh?

Remember, the package insert for the flu vaccine states: “Safety and effectiveness of have not been established in pregnant women or nursing mothers.” (See “Doctors Give Flu Shots to Pregnant Women Despite Evidence of Harm to Fetus“)

Yeah, that’s a bit of a problem, isn’t it Dr. Fitzgerald? As is your cognitive dissonance.

 

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