Kristin Cavallari Talks About Anti-Vaccination StanceBy: Erika Watts - March 19, 2014
Former Laguna Beach star and shoe designer Kristin Cavallari opened up a little about her anti-vaccination beliefs on Watch What Happens Live last night. After speaking out about refusing to vaccinate her one-year-old son last week, Cavallari further discussed her decision with Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen.
To backtrack a little, Cavallari recently came under fire for her decision not to vaccinate her son after suggesting that the chemicals in vaccines could be the cause of certain disorders, including autism.
“There’s really scary statistics out there, and to each their own. Autism wasn’t prevalent–like it is now–years ago, so something is going on, whether it’s the chemicals in our food or the vaccines,” Cavallari said last week. “Something is happening, and we can’t really ignore that. I choose to believe that I think it’s in the vaccines but, again, to each their own and that’s where I stand on it.”
Cavallari later posted some comments on Twitter about her anti-vaccination stance, encouraging people to do their research before judging her or making the decision to vaccinate their kids.
Even though Cavallari said she wasn’t discussing the vaccination issue further on Twitter, she was compelled to defend her beliefs when Cohen brought up the issue during an episode of Watch What Happens Live.
Cohen read Cavallari a question a user had sent in via email: “How can you knowingly support the spread of potentially deadly diseases by not vaccinating your children?”
“Here’s the thing. At the end of the day, I’m just a mom, I’m trying to make the best decision for my kid,” Cavallari answered. “There are very scary statistics out there regarding what is in vaccines and what they cause: asthma, allergies, ear infections–all kinds of things. We feel like we’re making the best decision for our kids.”
Even though Cavallari says she is trying to do right by her kids, it is likely that she and other anti-vaccination parents, such as Jenny McCarthy, will continue to face a lot of criticism. In fact, anti-vaxxers are now being blamed for measles making a comeback. This disease was thought to have been wiped out at the start of the new millennium, but now doctors are concerned about a measles outbreak, with almost 20 cases of the disease confirmed in New York.
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