Actress who played Marcia Brady blasts anti-vaccination groups for using her image to downplay measles

Actress who played Marcia Brady blasts anti-vaccination groups for using her image to downplay measles
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Maureen McCormick, who played oldest sister Marcia in "The Brady Bunch," is objecting to her image being used by an anti-vaccination group.

McCormick, who played the iconic sitcom character from 1969-1974, told NPR on Sunday that "it's really wrong when people use people's images today to promote whatever they want to promote." 

The episode being used by anti-vaccination groups is titled "Is there a Doctor in the House" and was broadcast in 1969. 

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In the episode, all six Brady children get the measles and Marcia Brady says: "If you have to get sick, [you] sure can't beat the measles."

Anti-vaccination proponents have since used the line and images of McCormick as "evidence" that measles aren't a true health threat.  

"I was really concerned with that and wanted to get to the bottom of that, because I was never contacted," McCormick, 62, told NPR in an interview. "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."

"As a mother, my daughter was vaccinated," she added. 

"Having the measles was not a fun thing," she also told NPR later in the interview. "I remember it spread through my family."

The objection comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a health alert on Monday warning that the number of measles cases has broken a 25-year-old record, with at least 704 people sickened by the highly contagious disease.  

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden on Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power: 'What country are we in?' Romney: 'Unthinkable and unacceptable' to not commit to peaceful transition of power Two Louisville police officers shot amid Breonna Taylor grand jury protests MORE urged parents to have their children vaccinated against the disease on Friday.

“They have to get the shots. The vaccinations are so important,” Trump told reporters outside the White House. "This is really going around now. They have to get their shots."