The debate about whether to vaccinate kids hit the big screen in the Bay area for a one-time showing. The documentary "Vaxxed" alleges a Centers for Disease Control cover-up of the link between the Measles Mumps and Rubella vaccines and autism.
Parents on both sides say they want to call the shots when it comes to the health of their kids.
“He suffered multiple strokes after his vaccination,” says mother Maureen van Hoek. van Hoek says her 9-year-old son Jan has a doctor-documented disability because of multiple vaccines, including Measles Mumps and Rubella
“He has autoimmune disease, mitochondrial disease, suffered multiple strokes, and he has cardiac issues,” said van Hoek.
“My son, Logan, suffers from vaccine-induced epilepsy,” said Sarah Gibbons. Gibbons blames the Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis vaccine for her son's seizures.
“I want to warn other parents to do their homework, and do the research, and really think about the risk associated with these. Are they worth the possible benefits?” she advised.
It's why van Hoek and Gibbons are showing support for the documentary.
“The CDC has been lying to us. We have a real scientist who's covered by whistleblower status now that's telling us the MMR vaccine is defective and is destroying the lives of children,” says “Vaxxed” producer, Del Bigtree.
Bigtree is calling for Congress to subpoena that CDC doctor, Dr. William Thompson, to testify and form an independent testing agency to look at the side effects of administering vaccinations all at once.
“We're loading these kids with tons of toxins and increasing the amount of vaccines for things we don't need to be vaccinating for. My question would be when do we stop?” said Bigtree.
Mother Kristen O'Meara says there's no need to stop vaccinating.
“I scoured everything I could possibly find about why vaccines might be harmful,” said O’Meara.
O’Meara chose not to vaccinate her daughters as a big believer in anti-vaccination research. That mindset changed when all three girls and both their parents got sick with rotavirus, a contagious infection that causes serious stomach problems.
“It didn't have to happen, because I could've had them vaccinated. I felt guilty,” said O’Meara.
Doctors insist vaccines help protect kids and stop illnesses from spreading in the community.
Recent Florida Health records show 93 percent of kindergartners and 96 percent of seventh graders have received the required immunizations for school. The majority of kids who aren’t vaccinated have medical and religious exemptions.
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To check out the documentary, click here.