Holby City spoilers: Jason and Greta Haynes experience backlash in vaccination storyline?April 30, 2019
One Holby City star, Zoe Croft, has revealed her reasons for wanting to to cover a vaccination plot.
Zoe plays Jason Haynes’ (played by Jules Robinson) wife Greta on the BBC programme and both characters have autism.
There has been some controversy in recent years as there has been a rise in an anti-vaccination movement.
A study published by Dr Andrew Wakefield in 1998 suggested a link between the MMR vaccine and autism and it sparked concern among some parents – but the report has since been discredited.
I think that would really get people talking about it
Zoe has expressed an interest in the medical drama exploring the issue, especially considering Greta and Jason have a young daughter, Guinevere.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, the actress explained: “I would love to cover a vaccine storyline.
“Obviously there was false information that vaccines cause autism which we now know is totally, totally not true.
“But especially, even people I’m friends with on social media are now starting to have kids and they’re saying ‘well, I’m not going to vaccinate my kids because there is no proof that it works and I’m worried about autism’ I think ‘oh my god, there is so much proof that it works’.”
She continued: “So I still think there is a really big issue of people not vaccinating their children so I would absolutely love to do a storyline about that because obviously we [Greta and Jason] have a baby who will be coming up for their vaccinations so I think that would really get people talking about it.”
Could Greta and Jason face backlash from someone who thinks they shouldn’t be vaccinating their baby?
The official NHS website explains how subsequent studies into the link between the MMR vaccine and autism found no connection.
It reads: “There’s been some controversy about whether the MMR vaccine might cause autism following a 1998 study by Dr Andrew Wakefield.
“In his paper published in The Lancet, Dr Wakefield claimed there is a link between the MMR vaccine and autism or bowel disease.
“But Andrew Wakefield’s work has since been completely discredited and he has been struck off as a doctor in the UK.
“Subsequent studies in the last 9 years have found no link between the MMR vaccine and autism or bowel disease.”
Zoe also spoke on the importance of accurately portraying characters with autism.
She said: “I think it’s incredibly important because I feel like there is just a stigma about it.
“People will expect me to act a certain way or be a certain kind of person, I just think there’s this stereotype that everyone with asperges or autism will be kind of like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory.
“Whilst that is how some people are, that’s not the be all and end all, it’s called the autistic spectrum for a reason.
“It’s really frustrating when I come across that, and I think it’s great what Holby are doing because they are showing the whole spectrum of people.”
Holby City continues tonight at 8pm on BBC One.
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