Disneyland measles outbreak leaves many anti-vaccination parents unmoved - 2015-01-25
F or more than three years, Tanya Gottesburen refused to have her son Robert vaccinated. She didn't like what she read about the ingredients in vaccines – things like mercury, aluminum and bovine serum that she found "really disturbing". Many of her stay-at-home mum friends on the affluent Westside of Los Angeles felt the same way.
When Robert was an infant, Tanya didn't think his immune system could handle what the doctors wanted to inject into him. She preferred to keep breast-feeding – until he was almost two and a half – and give him solid food that was organic and healthy.
"I received 12 vaccines when I was a kid, now it's up to 36," Gottesburen said. "I could not see myself doing that to him."