Kristin Cavallari received a harsh response when she announced that she does not plan on vaccinating her children because of her concerns about autism. The television personality is now defending her decision, despite scientific studies that have shown there is no link between necessary childhood vaccinations and autism.
Kristin Cavallari claims she did not want the public to know she wasn’t vaccinating her children, but now that they do she’s defending her choice.
Kristin Cavallari Defends Not Vaccinating Kids
The subject of vaccinating children this day and age has become a controversial topic. Their reason? Jenny McCarthy has been a spokesperson for the unscientifically based idea that vaccinations can cause autism. She has a son, Evan, 11, who is autistic.
However, the 1998 case study written by Dr. Andrew Wakefield claiming that there was a connection between necessary vaccinations and autism was discredited after being proven fraudulent in 2011. An investigation into the study proved that Dr. Wakefield altered his cases in order to complete his study. Great Britain has since stripped Dr. Wakefield of his medical license.
Now that the world knows Kristin Cavallari has decided not to keep her children vaccinated and protected from viruses, and she’s speaking up about why she chosen to put them at risk.
“Listen, to each their own,” she explained during an interview with Fox and Friends on March 14. “I understand both sides of it. I’ve ready too many books about autism and there’s some scary statistics out there. It’s our personal choice, and, you know, if you’re really concerned about your kid get them vaccinated.”
Science Proves Vaccinations Do Not Cause Autism
In March 2012, a vaccine report by The Institute of Medicine once again confirmed that autism and even diabtetes type 1 were not linked to immunizations. It was the first comprehensive safety review of it’s kind in 17 years, and was prompted by the government’s Vaccine Injury Compensation program which is in charge of paying damages to people injured by vaccinations.
The professor of pediatrics and law from Vanderbilt University, Dr. Ellen Wright Clayton, chaired the panel that ran the study.
“I am hopeful that it will allay some people’s concerns,” Dr. Clayton said while discussing the study’s results. “Vaccines are important tools in preventing serious infectious disease across the lifespan.”
The study was focused on finding side effects linked to vaccinations, and reviewed over 100 different side effects. The result only found 14 proven side effects from vaccinations, which include but are not limited to: fever triggered seizures, brain inflammation, and fainting.
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— Lauren Cox