Note: There are few people I admire as much as Leslie Phillips in our community. I've known her for many years, and together, our kids have grown from children to young adults with autism. Her son has weathered one of the most difficult versions of autism that I know. And her family has paid a steep price. Most of us are quiet about the agony we face when the doors close. Or when the cameras turn off. Thank you to Leslie for this interview. It's really hard to get your point across to the mainstream media and not be edited into either a 1 second soundbite or a into a caricature.
The article is about FIVE active cases of measles. 1-2-3-4-5. The Brady Bunch had six cases of measles and got a sitcom.
Houston TX— People, considered to be “anti-vaxxers” are getting the blame for a spike in measles cases reported in the Houston area, throughout Texas, and in different regions of the U.S., but these parents say they are not opposed to all vaccinations. They just want more to combat what they call “a one size fits all” approach to vaccinations.
"It’s wise to consider all the possibilities because the consequences for vaccines injuring my family have been really horrific,” says Leslie Phillips, a mother to three children who claims her youngest son Andrew had an adverse reaction to vaccinations that he received as a baby.
Phillips is also a member of several non-profit groups and has dedicated her advocating for her son, and for other parents, hoping to spare them from what happened to her.
"People have the right to look at the risk and benefits of any and vaccines are no different," adds Phillips. "They have risks.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention website, the last death due to measles was only one person in 2015.
Phillips says that website has great facts, but she advises to look deeper.
"But if you look at their vaccine adverse events reporting system, there have been more than 100 deaths by the vaccine, and if you look at the history, it’s even more troubled,“ explains Phillips. She suggests that like with most medical procedures, you may want to get a second opinion if there is something that concerns you about vaccinations. Read more here.