Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry is best known to reality TV audiences as the mom of Isaac, Lincoln and Lux. But the 26-year-old Pennsylvania native also co-hosts a podcast called Coffee Convos. In this week’s episode Lowry divulged that her son Lux has not been vaccinated. Now Lowry is receiving a whole lot of heat, but she’s not backing down.
“I definitely think this is a controversial topic and I don’t want to lose listeners because of my opinions, but I did vaccinate Isaac because — to me — I didn’t know any better and I let them vaccinate him with whatever they basically said that he needed. I feel like I was ignorant and didn’t do research and didn’t know any better,” Lowry said in a conversation with her co-host Lindsie Chrisley. “With Lincoln, I knew a little bit more and I started to research more and that’s when — I think — the conversation about vaccination started to really go on with me and my friends who became moms, and there were documentaries on Netflix and all kinds of news that I would try to look into. Lincoln did not get all of his vaccines; I definitely picked and chose which ones I felt like were necessary, and he did not get them all at once. He did one or two vaccines at a time, and again those were the ones I felt that he needed. Lux is 18 months and he is not vaccinated. He hasn’t really ever been sick and for me, I think the more research that I do and the more educated I’ve become, [I’m thinking,] just don’t vaccinate him.”
Lowry was quick to say that this opinion was hers and that other parents should make their own decisions. “You’re a parent, you know what’s best for your child, and I’m not here to judge,” she said, adding later in the podcast, “I’m not here to start a parenting argument about it.” But start a parenting argument, she did.
After the podcast was posted online, fans quickly shared their anger: “I think its irresponsible for you to have a podcast where you share your uneducated views against vaccinations. You have a following of young women who admire you and you’re just being ignorant,” one fan wrote on Twitter.
“So I’d love to know what your reasons are for not vaccinating. There are none & considering you’re the only college educated one on the show, I would hope you would have more sense in your head,” said another.
Lowry took the conversation to In Touch Weekly saying, “The only thing I can really say and continue to stand for is to parent how it’s best for your child and family. People don’t love everything I do but I don’t shove my beliefs down anyone else’s throat. I know what’s best for my kids and other parents know what’s best for theirs.”
For reference, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fully support the vaccination of children and refute the oft-cited allegation that autism and vaccines are linked. As the CDC states on its website, “No. Scientific studies and reviews continue to show no relationship between vaccines and autism.”
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