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Jenny McCarthy, Kristin Cavallari Blasted For Being Against Vaccines

Regulated to just 140 characters, actress and The View co-host Jenny McCarthy posted the following on Twitter, not realizing the backlash it would generate:

“What is the most important personality trait you look for in a mate? Reply using #JennyAsks”

The TV personality known for her steadfast belief that vaccines caused her son’s autism was immediately attacked by haters responding with things like “someone who understands the importance of vaccination” or some version thereof. It also prompted a coming-out party of sorts for fellow celebrity mom Kristin Cavallari, who revealed that she and her husband, NFL quarterback Jay Cutler, didn’t vaccinate their son and don’t plan to vaccinate their second (Kristin is pregnant).

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My son is 8, and he has received all of his standard vaccines. I trust that the medical community has way more training than I do in these matters, and while I made my decision with an open mind that in the long run, we may learn that some, if not all, don’t protect as well as we thought, I chose to trust my doctor and my instincts. Considering all that I’ve read since my son was born, I might consider an alternative vaccination schedule that pushes some vaccines back until a baby’s brain and immune system are more developed if I were to have another child.

Still, I don’t think McCarthy or Cavallari deserve some of the vile messages they’ve received. I understand that staunch believers in vaccines feel that not vaccinating our kids puts everyone in danger, and the recent polio-like illness affecting as many as 25 children in California certainly had folks talking about the power of vaccines again, but what are nasty comments going to get us? More division among parents and medical professionals? Isn’t the polar opposite of what our kids need, let alone deserve?

I think our kids are better off when those who disagree about the public health issues affecting them come together in the spirit of learning and open-mindedness, so we can make the most informed decisions possible.

I hope this most recent rant regarding vaccines puts pressure on the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics to continue to study the affect of vaccines as well as what goes into them. In the meantime, let’s take it easy on the nasty mom hating. We’re all just trying to do the best we can for our kids.

Did you vaccinate your kids? What are your thoughts regarding vaccinations?

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  1. Dee 03/24/2014 at 12:52 pm

    Yes, I did vaccinate my child and I do think that people who are famous for being famous like the two women above deserve to be blasted for using their celebrity to promote faux-science. The study that initially prompted the furor over the MMR has been completely discounted and pulled from the scientific publication it was once in. (Even if it still held water, which it doesn’t, it was an incredibly small sample size so it was never a strong study to begin with.) Parents who choose to vaccinate are putting kids at risk – babies who have yet to be vaccinated and kids with compromised immune systems who cannot be vaccinated among them. There is so much belief in misinformation out there! I recently had shingles and a friend wanted to send her unvaccinated kids over to “rub all over me” to contract chicken pox. Nevermind that my mother in law is practically disabled from the affects of shingles. My case was not severe, but based on her experience I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. I don’t think anyone should use bad language and name calling for people like McCarthy and Cavallari, but they do need to be taken to task. They have incredible power they are wielding in ways that could seriously harm people. At one time it was not uncommon for kids to die from the diseases we vaccinate against. We should continue to research, but the benefit of vaccinations is well documented. And no, I don’t work for a pharmaceutical; rather in public health!