Former reality TV star Kristin Cavallari recently revealed that she and her husband Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler won't vaccinate their kids because of fears of autism.
However, the "vaccinations cause autism" myth is based upon the debunked Wakefield report from 1998, which has been discredited by its original publisher, The Lancet, noted ABC News.
While appearing on the Fox News show "The Independents" on Thursday, Cavallari stated, "We don't vaccinate... I've ready too many books about autism. There is a pediatric group called Homestead or Homefront, now I have pregnancy brain I got them confused, they've never vaccinated any of their children, and they haven't had one case of autism. And now one in 88 boys is autistic. That's a really scary statistic."
Later Cavallari added, "The vaccinations have changed over the years, there's more mercury and other..." and trailed off.
However, the Chicago Tribune notes, "There’s less mercury than ever. As a precaution, by 2001, the mercury-based preservative thimerosal was removed from most vaccines for children under age 6 — with the exception of the influenza vaccine."
The New Republic reports that the refusal of parents to vaccinate their children has resulted in a comeback of the whooping cough, measles, and mumps in the U.S.
This morning on Fox News' "Fox & Friends," Cavallari claimed that the anti-science position to not vaccinate was a "personal choice" just like choosing to vaccinate a child.
“Listen, to each their own,” said Cavallari. “I understand both sides of it. I’ve ready too many books about autism and there’s some scary statistics out there. It’s our personal choice, and, you know, if you’re really concerned about your kid get them vaccinated.”