Anti-Vaccine Mom Got Scary Wake Up Call

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An anti-vaxxer mom has had a change of heart. Cenk Uygur, Grace Baldridge and Alonso Duralde, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Kristen O’Meara, a teacher who lives just outside of Chicago, decided not to vaccinate her three daughters when they were born, citing belief in scientifically unsound anti-vaccination “research.” She has since changed her mind after her daughters (who are all under the age of seven), and she and her husband, contracted rotavirus, a painful illness that can cause diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration.

“I put my kids at risk,” she said in an interview that aired on Good Morning America on Monday. “I should have taken more time to research both sides.”

“I scoured everything I could possibly find about why vaccines might be harmful. I became pretty convinced.”

A recent study from the American Academy of Pediatrics found that the number of doctors encountering parents who have refused their child vaccines for non-medical reasons has increased from 74.5 percent to 87 percent between 2006 and 2013.”

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Hosts: Cenk Uygur, Grace Baldridge, Alonso Duralde

Cast: Cenk Uygur, Grace Baldridge, Alonso Duralde


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