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(From the Center for Public Integrity. This story was published in partnership with HuffPost)
Heather Simpson never thought to question vaccines. Her parents vaccinated her when she was a child, and she got tetanus and flu shots as an adult.
But when she and her husband were thinking about starting a family, she saw an ad for the documentary series “The Truth About Vaccines,” and “fear crept in,” she later wrote.
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“I left that docuseries just thinking this is it. This is how autism happens. This is how allergies happen,” the 30-year-old Texan said. “How else would it happen?” When her daughter was born in 2017, Simpson decided not to immunize her.
She began posting on social media about…