Report of Rumors about vaccines threat to health
By Jessica Farrish
April 21, 2014
When 28-year-old Beckley mom Brooke Robinson gave birth to her son AJ four years ago, she was a first-time mom who wanted the best for him.
Like many of her generation, she turned to the Internet and social media to learn about parenting.
That’s when she decided she wouldn’t vaccinate AJ against diseases like polio, measles, mumps, whooping cough and chicken pox, she said.
Information posted by other parents and some alternative medicine sites suggested that vaccines could cause autism, that they “didn’t work” and that they were made from the body parts of aborted fetuses,* she said.
“Of course, having just had my own (baby)... I wanted no part of it,” she explained. “I saw all of that stuff on social media, so I had already made up my mind not to vaccinate.”
Robinson’s father — a Beckley pediatrician — encouraged her to speak to physicians and to compare what she’d read on “mom blogs” and social networking sites against statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
That’s when she started to change her mind about vaccinations, she said.
“I started reading everything I could from actual resources, not (from) just a mom (who) got on and said, ‘This is what I found out,’” said Robinson. “You have to get your information from somebody who actually studied medicine — not just somebody who went to Google.”
Robinson said she learned that most doctors — even one pediatrician author who doesn’t publicly encourage vaccinations — vaccinate their own children.
“That says a lot, if they’re willing to vaccinate their own kids,” she said. To read more, click here.