Teen Mom’s very own Kaitlyn Lowry found herself in a bit of a PR debacle after admitting she didn’t vaccinate her youngest son.
The news came rather candidly on her own podcast, Coffee Convos, when the mother of three admitted the decision came after she did some research by watching Netflix documentaries and talking to other moms, this caused her to take a step back and not vaccinate her youngest son. Still, her oldest, Issac, did get his shots, and her middle child, Lincoln, received only some that she chose.
Going into the topic, the reality star admitted she knew this was a touchy subject, but noted that her unvaccinated child hasn’t gotten sick, and if other mothers have differing opinions to her’s she doesn’t feel it’s her place to judge.
“I’ve done my research.” is now equivalent to “I’ve googled and watched one-sided Netflix documentaries.” 🙄🙄🙄— Jessica Lew (@jessllew) January 26, 2019
Still, the news went over as well as one might expect given the subject matter, with many angry citizens of the internet urging her to do proper research with more credible sources, while others expressed disappointment that she’d spread false information on her platform.
The Teen Mom star didn’t stop there, however. Following the backlash, she spoke with In Touch Weekly, standing firm on her original assertion — angering more people in the process.
I hope you're not planning on traveling everywhere with that unvaccinated child 🤦🤦🤦— La Descuartizadora 🎩😈 (@Hulkbasher0129) January 26, 2019
“I mean, I guess the only thing I can really say and continue to stand for is to parent how it’s best for your child and family. People don’t love everything I do but I don’t shove my beliefs down anyone else’s throat. I know what’s best for my kids and other parents know what’s best for theirs.”
Lowry is just the latest name in a growing list of notable celebrities who are publically waving the anti-vax flag, joining stars like Kat Von D, Jenny McCarthy, and Rob Schneider. Yet, this growing movement isn’t limited to Hollywood. In fact, the World Health Organization says “Vaccine Hesitancy” is one of the biggest threats global health in 2019, stating that because of this growing trend, measles cases have gone up 30 percent, and vaccines prevent up to three million deaths a year. The specialized agency also listed threats such as poor air quality, primary health care that’s not as good as it could be, and HIV as big problems to look out for in 2018.
Vaccines, and how a parent should protect their child (and others around them) is always a touchy subject, but it’s important to do thorough research into topics as complex as vaccination, and take the time to understand what some of the “scarier” ingredients mean.