Marcia Brady is seeing red over a Facebook anti-vaxxer group that has been using her image from a 50-year-old episode of “The Brady Bunch” to pooh-pooh the dangers of the measles.
Maureen McCormick, 62, who portrayed the perky eldest daughter on the iconic show, discovered that the group referenced a 1969 episode, “Is There a Doctor in the House,” in which she and her siblings catch the highly infectious disease.
“If you have to get sick, sure can’t beat the measles,” Marcia proclaims in the episode in which her TV mom Carol Brady, played by Florence Henderson, describes her brother Peter’s symptoms as “a slight temperature, a lot of dots and a great big smile.”
McCormick told NPR she was livid when she found out she was a Facebook meme for those opposing vaccines — amid an outbreak of the measles, which are now at their highest rates in the 21st century after the virus was declared eliminated in 2000.
“I was really concerned with that and wanted to get to the bottom of that, because I was never contacted,” she told the media outlet.
“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,” she said, adding, “As a mother, my daughter was vaccinated.”
McCormick said she got measles as a child and that it was nothing to sneeze at.
“Having the measles was not a fun thing,” she said. “I remember it spread through my family.”
In 1969, six years after the vaccine was developed, there were more than 25,000 measles cases and 41 deaths, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As of last week, 390 cases of the measles were recorded in the Big Apple, where Mayor de Blasio has declared a public health emergency.
Almost 700 cases had been reported in 22 states, according to the CDC.
Anti-vaxxers have used the “Brady Bunch” episode to make their point.
“You stayed home like the ‘Brady Bunch’ show. You stayed home. You didn’t go to the doctor,” Dr. Toni Barak, who testifies against vaccines, told NPR.
“We never said, ‘Oh my God, your kid could die! Oh my God, this is a deadly disease!’ It’s become that.”
TV producer Del Bigtree, who hosts a YouTube show critical of vaccines, also cites the episode to show that the frenzy about the spike in measles cases is misplaced.
“We were all giggling and laughing because the whole family in the Brady Bunch got the measles,” he said. “Where is the sitcom that joked about dying from AIDS or joked about dying from cancer?”