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Wash Post: Trump Fires Up Texas Anti-Vaccine Groups

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By    |   Monday, 20 Feb 2017 10:35 PM

The anti-vaccine movement appears to be gaining some footing in Texas, and one report claims the reason is President Donald Trump.

According to The Washington Post, the majority of Texas children are vaccinated. But a movement among parents to not have children receive inoculations is growing in the Lone Star State.

Trump has put together a panel led by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. that is examining vaccine safety. The Post noted Trump also met with Andrew Wakefield, who published a study in 1998 that linked vaccines with autism. That study has been debunked over falsified data, and Wakefield no longer holds a license to practice medicine.

In Texas, several anti-vaccine groups have emerged. As many as a third of the students at some private schools are not vaccinated. A outbreak of Measles in Texas four years ago resulted in 21 people being infected with the disease. According to the Post, many of those sickened were unvaccinated children.

One Trump supporter told MSNBC last fall one reason she backed the real estate mogul for president was because of "no vaccines." To be clear, Trump has never said publicly he is against having vaccines be a government mandate.

Other celebrities have joined the anti-vaccine movement too. Actor Robert De Niro, for example, has publicly questioned whether vaccines are safe. He and his wife have an autistic son.

"I'm not anti-vaccine . . . but there's something wrong, and it's gotta be fixed," De Niro told Sharyl Attkisson on "Full Measure."

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