For most parents, getting a child’s regularly scheduled vaccines is a normal part of the parenting process. Most don’t talk about their decision because for decades, children getting vaccines was simply status quo across the United States. In the process, many diseases were forced into submission.
But in recent years, thanks in large part to some very outspoken celebrities (like Jenny McCarthy) and the force of social media, claims that vaccines cause autism, spread throughout the country despite zero medical or scientific evidence to support the claims.
Some parents even framed their opinions around research that was entirely fabricated and subsequently retracted. In what became a dangerous trend, for years some parents have gone against traditional medical guidance and refute the medical and public health benefits vaccines provide.