Should you vaccinate your children? One actress says yes -- find out why.
Today on Good Morning America, actress Amanda Peet sounded off on the importance of child vaccinations, saying with the 2007 birth of her daughter, Frankie, she began learning more about vaccination safety. She announced her support for Every Child by Two (ECBT) and is scheduled to participate on a panel on August 5 to encourage parents to have their children receive all recommended vaccinations by the age of 2.
"It seems that the media is often giving celebrities and actors more authority on this issue than they are giving the experts," Peet said. "I know it's a paradox, but that's part of why I wanted to become a spokesperson, to say to people, 'Please don't listen to me. Don't listen to actors. Go to the experts.'"
She was likely referring to former Playboy model Jenny McCarthy's stance that vaccinations place children at a higher risk for developing autism. McCarthy's son is autistic.
Yesterday, actor Charlie Sheen made headlines when he paid his daughters' $380 pediatrician in nickels because he's upset the doctor is immunizing his children. (That's 7,600 nickels!)
On GMA, Peet also apologized for statements she made in the July issue of the parenting magazine Cookie in which she said, "Frankly, I feel that parents who don't vaccinate their children are parasites."
"I didn't mean to show disdain, and I did and do apologize for the use of the word 'parasites,'" she said on GMA. "But I do in no way, shape, or form retract my position or the meaning behind the use of the word, which is that if there are vast reductions in herd immunity, our children will be at risk."
Watch the video and decide for yourself -- do you think children under two should be vaccinated?