By Kim Grundy
Kendra Wilkinson recently opened up about her decision to vaccinate her son Hank when he was a baby. “Vaccinations are a controversial topic and it can be really confusing whether or not vaccinations are a good or bad thing for your child,” she wrote on her website.”While vaccinations are known to prevent outbreaks and disease, others believe they can cause developmental problems in children like autism. “
Wilkinson said she thought she had her mind made up while she was pregnant, but changed her mind after giving birth to him.
“I chose to vaccinate, but when I was pregnant I actually said I wasn’t going to,” she said in her video blog. “But after having him I had to make a quick decision– I mean the paper was right in front me after giving birth — and I had to check yes or no and I checked yes. I felt it was better for me and better for him. It was a hard decision to make.”
The Center for Disease Control has said there is no link between autism and the ingredient thimerosal in vaccines (although that ingredient has been removed from vaccines since 2001), however Wilkinson said she still felt outside pressure not to vaccinate.
“If I had gone off Hollywood or media I wouldn’t have vaccinated him, but it was my choice,” Wilkinson said. “My take on vaccinating your children is that it is the parent’s choice, like everything else,” she said.
The topic of vaccinating your children is a hot topic among both celebrity moms and non-celeb moms. Jenny McCarthy has been an outspoken advocate against vaccines and has said her son Evan’s Autism was the result of the childhood vaccines he received. She has even started a “Green Our Vaccine” campaign. Holly Robinson Peete, who also has an autistic son, said she is “not anti-vaccine,” but thinks there needs to be more studies done.
On the flip side, Jennifer Garner, Salma Hayek and Amanda Peet are all examples of actresses who decided to vaccinate. “I buy 99 percent organic food for Frankie, and I don’t like to give her medicine or put sunscreen on her,” Peet told Cookie magazine. “But now that I’ve done my research, vaccines do not concern me”
More on celebrity moms:
AllParenting.com believes in making life easier for the modern mom. At AllParenting, moms can connect with each other, discuss hot topics and more importantly, find content about their entire lifestyle, not just the moments they spending parenting.