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Country singer Tanya Tucker

Country singer Tanya Tucker

Although John Oliver briefly addressed the lawsuit he's facing from a coal mining CEO over his coal segment last week, he spent the majority of yesterday's Last Week Tonight episode on vaccines and the almost eradicated diseases that have made a return because of anti-vaxxers.

"But despite their success, small groups are both skeptical and vocal about vaccines, which is nothing new", he continued.

What followed was a clip of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump supporting an alternative vaccination schedule that spreads out the time period between inoculations.

"It's like saying it would be insane to eat that entire bar of soap, so I'll just eat half of it", he said. The comedian said he understands how people can often forget how beneficial vaccinations can be because nobody posts a Facebook status that says, "I didn't get polio again today!" Pretty much every medical practice sounds terrifying when you break it down like that. "Very few people will say they are completely anti-vaccine", he said. An appendectomy means removing one of your organs through stabbing, antibiotics are poison used to murder things living in you, and even exercise means forcefully burning up your insides.

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Finally, there's a John Oliver video about vaccines that you can share with all those relatives whose Facebook status updates make you anxious for their children. My point is the human body is a true carnival of horrors and frankly I'm embarrassed to have one. This is partly due to blatantly false information they received from Andrew Wakefield who published studies with distorted data that linked the MMR vaccine to autism - there is absolutely zero link. Wakefield's prominence stems from a 1998 study he authored that claimed to show a link between the vaccine and autism.

"For what it's worth-and if this helps at all-I have a son", Oliver said. "And we tend not to talk about the very tangible good that they do".

"Parenthood in general is fucking terrifying. He is nineteen months old, he was born prematurely following a very hard pregnancy and I'm anxious about his health and I still worry about his health a lot". Believe me, I'm someone who is literally scared of literally everything: "the dark, the light, heights, depths, confined spaces, wide-open spaces, strangers, intimacy, spiders, and a sudden and mysterious lack of spiders", Oliver said.

But, he said, "we are vaccinating him fully on schedule".