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Celebrities need to stop discussing vaccines

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Celebrities need to stop discussing vaccines

By: Guest Blogger
Kristin_Cavallari_vaccines Yet another celebrity has declared that they're anti-vaccines. Laguna Beach star Kristin Cavallari said she did not vaccinate her son and would not vaccinate her new baby that's due later this year. "There are very scary statistics out there regarding what is in vaccines," she told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live. The thing is those "scary statistics" don't actually exist. The link between autism and the MMR vaccine was first publicized by Jenny McCarthy, who's son Evan has autism. Jenny believes his autism was caused by him having so many vaccines at a young age. But the link between autism and vaccines has been debunked many times. A 2013 study in the Journal of Pediatrics reported that there is no link between vaccines and autism. And he original study showing a link between the two was retracted for being based on false information. My problem with celebrities talking about vaccines is, to be frank, they're not educated. Kristin is a reality star, who had a brief stint at university. Jenny, a former Playboy model, went to school for nursing and psychology but had to drop out. Are these really the people you should be taking medical advice from? Both women are entitled to their opinions, but they do not need to share them with the world and possibly misinform parents about vaccines. Currently Canada and the US are dealing with a measles outbreak. This is a direct result of people not getting vaccinated and the people that are most at risk of contracting the fatal disease are those who have not been vaccinated. It is so incredibly sad when a child dies of a preventable disease. So, dear celebrities,  let's stop spreading false information about  the "scary statistics" surrounding vaccines and let's instead leave the medical advice to the professionals. What do you think of celebrities weigh in on vaccines? Photo courtesy of Nick Step/Wikimedia Commons    
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