Reality star Kristin Cavallari says she will not vaccinate her children — but unfortunately, the research behind her decision is faulty.
"We don't vaccinate… It is a harsh response. You know, it's not something that I publicly wanted to come out and say. I was in an interview and it came up and it wasn't what I was expecting but you know, listen, to each their own," she said.
"I understand both sides of it. I've read too many books about autism and there's [sic] some scary statistics out there. It's our personal choice, you know, and if you're really concerned about your kid then get them vaccinated and it shouldn't be a problem.
"There is a pediatric group called Homestead, or, shoot, Homestead or Home First, now I'm pregnancy brain I gotta confuse them, but they've never vaccinated any of their children and they've never had one case of autism. And now, one in 88 boys is autistic, which is a really scary statistic," Cavallari said.
The problem with Cavallari's research is that the study most anti-vaxers cite was retracted and discredited due to falsification of data, and all research since shows no correlation between any vaccines and autism. According to NBC, most highly respected medical organizations — including the Illinois Department of Public Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Canadian National Advisory Committee on Immunization and the Department of Health of the U.K. — insist there is no link between vaccinations and autism, and recommend all children receive vaccinations.
"When we compared those roughly 250 children with ASD and the roughly 750 children who did not have ASD, we found their antigen exposure, however measured, were the same," Dr. Frank DeStefano, director of the Immunization Safety Office at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told CNN of one such study. "There was no association between antigenic exposure and the development of autism.
"The bottom line is the number of vaccines, or the number of antigens in the current schedule, given on time... is not associated with a risk of autism."
New York City is currently experiencing a measles outbreak, and according to the CDC, "Increases in the proportion of persons declining vaccination for themselves or their children might lead to large-scale and sustained outbreaks, threatening the elimination of measles in the United States."
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