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Though she calls herself “pro-safe-vaccine schedule,” the model is widely considered the face of the anti-vax movement. She blamed her son’s autism on the MMR vaccine and the “compilation of so many shots” — despite the medical community refuting this claim.
The idea that vaccines could trigger autism was famously proposed in 1998 by the now-disgraced doctor Andrew Wakefield. It was discovered that he had failed to disclose financial interests (his funding came from lawyers who had been engaged by parents in lawsuits against vaccine-producing companies). The paper was redacted, and Andrew was found guilty of ethical violations, scientific misrepresentation, and deliberate fraud. He was barred from practicing medicine.
Jenny spent many years as the spokesperson for Generation Rescue, a controversial organization that has been accused of spreading dangerous disinformation. She’s also written several books on the subject.
In 2016, Robert, who has an autistic son, defended the inclusion of Vaxxed in the Tribecca Film Festival. The movie about the alleged danger of vaccines was directed by Andrew Wakefield — the same former physician whose beliefs have been repeatedly debunked
Despite what these celebrities may have said, there is absolutely no evidence to support any claims that vaccinations are unsafe. To learn more about vaccines, you can visit the CDC’s website.
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