Frequently Asked Questions

Q:    Who are you?

A:    My name is Derek Bartholomaus and I work professionally in the Entertainment Industry as a Post Production Producer on various television programs.  I am a critical/skeptical investigator into the Billy Meier UFO Case.  I am also the creator of the Conservative Truths website which uses Census Bureau Statistical Reports to compare the differences between Conservative and Liberal Presidencies and Conservative and Liberal States.

Q:    Why are you doing this?

A:    Vaccines save lives.  Not getting vaccinated not only puts your life, or your child’s life, at risk, but it also puts the lives of others around you at risk.  There are a number of people, approximately 3-5%, that are unable to receive vaccines due to various medical conditions.  This group of people relies on “herd immunity” to prevent them from getting sick.  If the percentage of vaccinated people in a community drops too low then the community becomes at risk to outbreaks of vaccine preventable illnesses.

Q:    Why Jenny McCarthy?

A:    Jenny McCarthy is very publicly advocating that parents not vaccinate their children.  This puts people at risk.  Jenny McCarthy is on record saying that she would rather have Polio return if it meant that there would be no more autism.  This is dangerous because there is NO link between vaccines and autism whatsoever, and I felt that, as the most public United States anti-vaccination celebrity, the site should be named in her honor.

Q:    How do you calculate the number of Vaccine Preventable Illnesses?

A:    I use two tables from the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports.  Table I contains the weekly reported case numbers of the following vaccine preventable diseases:  Diphtheria, Haemophilus Influenzae Serotype B (HIB), Measles, Meningococcal Disease A C Y & W-135, Poliomyelitis, Poliovirus, Rubella, and Tetanus.  Table II contains the weekly reported case numbers of the following vaccine preventable diseases:  Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Mumps, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), and Varicella (Chickenpox).  Here is an example of Table I and here is an example of Table II.  [Note 1: when this website launched it only counted the numbers from Table I which resulted in a significant undercount of the vaccine preventable illnesses.  By May 24, 2009 all of the numbers in both tables were included.]  [Note 2: Originally Influenza-Associated Pediatric Mortality numbers were included in both the Vaccine Preventable Illnesses and Vaccine Preventable Deaths totals, but a member of the CDC told me that they actually count them as separate cases.  As of February 21, 2010 all of the Influenza Associated Pediatric Mortality numbers have been removed from the Vaccine Preventable Illnesses totals.]

Q:    How do you calculate the number of Vaccine Preventable Deaths?

A:    The vast majority of the deaths listed are for Influenza-Associated Pediatric Mortality taken from Table I of the CDC MMWR.  Annual death data for all other diseases are reported in the National Vital Statistics Reports.  However, the National Vital Statistics Reports are three years delayed which means that the 2007 death data was reported in 2010, the 2008 death data was reported in 2011, and so on.

Q:    Are your numbers only from the United States?

A:    Yes.  It would be far too difficult for me to collect all of the worldwide numbers of vaccine preventable illnesses and vaccine preventable deaths.

Q:    How do you know that all of these illnesses and deaths are due to people not being vaccinated?

A:    I don’t and I don’t believe that anyone can say that all vaccine preventable illnesses and vaccine preventable deaths are due to people not being vaccinated.  However, in nearly all of the outbreak cases that I have read on the CDC website the “index patient” has been unvaccinated.

Q:    How often do you update the website?

A:    It is my intention to update the website every week or, at the very least, every other week.

Q:    Do you have a Badge or Widget that I can put on my website or blog?

A:    I have no idea how to make such an object.  A fan of the site used to have one available, but it doesn’t exist any longer. If you know how to make one, then please contact me.

Q:    Who pays you?

A:    No one pays me to do this website.  I don't even have Google Ads on the website so I don't make any money at all with it.  I do it because I think it is important.  However, if you would like to make a donation then please click on my PayPal Tip Jar or Amazon Wishlist.  You can also purchase some JMBC related merchandise at my CafePress Shop.  [Note: the CafePress Shop also contains non-JMBC related merchandise.]

Q:    How can I contact you?

A:    You can email me at You can follow me on Twitter. You can follow the site on Google+. You can also become a fan of the Jenny McCarthy Body Count on Facebook.