Kristin Cavallari’s pregnancy sparks immunization debate again
Kristin Cavallari’s latest pregnancy announcement has once again placed the spotlight on the celebrity’s controversial anti-vaccination stance.
The former “The Hills” star and her husband, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, recently announced they are expecting their third child. Last year, the couple was criticized after revealing they do not vaccinate their children.
“There are very scary statistics out there regarding what is in vaccines and what they cause – asthma, allergies, ear infections, all kinds of things,” she told a celebrity magazine in 2014. “And we feel like we’re making the best decision for our kids.”
Health experts, meanwhile, continue to educate parents about the safety of vaccines, which are the best defense against serious diseases such as mumps, measles, diptheria and rubella.
Earlier this year when a measles outbreak was reported at Disneyland, Dr. Kerry Sheehan, a pediatrician at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill., fielded more questions than usual from parents about vaccines.
“I discuss it with them and remind them that I believe vaccines are a safe product and very important for the health of their children,” says Dr. Sheehan about her approach to addressing the concerns of parents who have questions about the safety of vaccines.
Vaccinations are one of the best ways to put an end to the serious effects of certain diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency posts vaccination schedules for children and adults on its website.
The Department of Health and Human Services recently teamed up with Sesame Street’s Elmo in a series of public service announcements promoting vaccines as safe and effective.
About the Author
Lisa Parro, health enews contributor, is director of public affairs at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital and Advocate BroMenn Medical Center. A former journalist, Lisa has been in health care public relations since 2008 and has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She and her family live in Chicago’s western suburbs.