Earlier last week week, former television reality star, 27-year old Kristin Cavallari spoke out about her decision not to have her one-year old son, Camden Cutler vaccinated saying the main reason behind her decision was the fear that her son may later develop autism as a result of having the childhood vaccinations.
Cavallari and husband Jay Cutler, age 30 are now expecting baby number two and she is holding fast to her anti-vaccination belief and readily admits that she does not plan to have baby number two, also a boy, vaccinated either. So why does Cavallari believe her children may be at risk for autism if they receive regular childhood vaccinations? She admits to having read numerous books on the subject of autism, many of which blame childhood vaccinations for causing autism in children. She stated that there are really scary statistics out there, saying one such as a study declared that one in every 88 boys is autistic.
However, while Cavallari is quick to justify her beliefs based on what she has read, she is by no means trying to impose her beliefs on anyone else. In fact, this was not a topic she originally intended to go public with but when it came up in an interview, she spoke about the very private decision she had made specifically for her children. Cavallari believes the decision to have a person’s children vaccinated is a personal choice and if other parents are really concerned about their children, then by all means, they should get their children vaccinated. But Cavallari isn’t the only celebrity that thinks children should not be vaccinated.
Another outspoken mama on the subject is funny lady, Jenny McCarthy who said her son, Evan, was fine until he was vaccinated and then as a result of those vaccinations, he developed autism. McCarthy then went on a crusade of sorts, even writing a book on the subject, trying to convince other parents that vaccinations were bad and that they should not put their children through them or else they too could end up later developing autism. McCarthy’s son was diagnosed with autism by the Autism Evaluation Clinic at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital and that diagnosis was later confirmed by the State of California. But did Evan’s diagnosis of autism really stem from childhood vaccinations? Experts with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and The American Academy of Pediatrics say no.
These two organizations strongly disagree and argue that the link between childhood vaccinations and autism is nothing more than a fallacy and in fact, was disproven long ago. The CDC has even tried to debunk the link between autism and vaccinations by releasing a message called Autism Correction.In this message, heavy scientific evidence was presented that completely disproved any association between childhood vaccinations and the diagnosis of autism. For child safety and protection against highly susceptible diseases such as rubella, measles, and the mumps, both the CDC and The American Academy of Pediatrics highly recommend that all parents have their children vaccinated.
Earlier last week week, former television reality star, 27-year old Kristin Cavallari spoke out about her decision not to have her one-year old son, Camden Cutler vaccinated saying the main reason behind her decision was the fear that her son may later develop autism as a result of having the childhood vaccination.
By Donna W. Martin