Most kids get sick and injured while they’re growing up, but these incidents tend to be mild (think scraped knees and chicken pox, not smallpox). For instance, about 25,000 people sprain their ankle every day, and parents have to learn to cope with life’s little injuries.
However, the rise of the anti-vaccine movement has lengthened the list of potential childhood illnesses. Now, yet another celebrity is making waves by questioning the wisdom of routine childhood vaccines.
Celebrity Kat Von D has sparked recent outrage by announcing plans to raise her child without vaccinations.
According to the BBC, fans of the 36-year-old tattoo artist have accused her of being irresponsible and have even threatened to boycott her brand. Following the major backlash, Von D finally addressed her decision stating she’s been harassed online and has a right to medical privacy. Many experts say that even though it’s her right to decide how she raises her child, vaccinations are key to ensuring society as a whole is protected.
The science is clear: Vaccines have saved countless lives. In fact, the number of measles-related deaths decreased 79% between 2000 and 20014. That’s down to 114,900 from 546,800. Regardless of that, a large number of parents, much like Von D, continue to resist medical advice and choose their own path for their children.
Following an outbreak of measles at Disneyland in 2015, California officials passed a law that restricted non-medical exemptions for kids entering schools without immunizations. After the law was passed, data showed that nursery school vaccination rates increased.
According to USA Today, Von D says she’s received a lot of unsolicited advice from friends, family, and strangers about her decision to not vaccinate her child.
“If you don’t know what it’s like to have people around you think you are ridiculous, try being openly vegan,” she said. “Try being an openly pregnant vegan on Instagram, having a natural, drug-free home birth in water with a midwife and doula, who has the intention of raising a vegan child, without vaccinations.”
She did say, however, that she “diligently” researched her decisions to make sure the choice she was making was the right one. Despite all of the controversy she’s dealt with and the threat to her brand, Von D still plans to keep her child vaccine free after they’re born.
“This is my body. This is our child. And this is our pregnancy journey” she said.
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