Controversial film questioning vaccine safety coming to Knoxville

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A movie coming to Knoxville is already getting a lot of attention. The controversial film “Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe” will be shown starting June 24 at Regal Downtown West. It’s about the MMR vaccine and an alleged cover-up over the vaccine’s safety.

The movie has been in the headlines nationally for a couple of months. It was pulled from a festival in New York City, but then festival co-founder Robert De Niro urged people to see it to decide for themselves. In just a few weeks the controversial film will be shown in Knoxville.

Mother of two Robin Alley decided to not have her children vaccinated.

“It just doesn’t add up. The risk verses benefit does not work out for me,” said Alley.

She has already seen the film “Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe” and plans to see it again when it plays in Knoxville.

During a Skype interview, the film’s director Dr. Andy Wakefield said the film is about a CDC whistleblower coming forward, questioning a study showing the safety of the MMR vaccine.

“We have known for 14 years that the MMR vaccine – measles, mumps, rubella vaccine – is causally associated with autism and we have concealed it,” said Dr. Wakefield.

Dr. Kimberly Fortner at UT Medical Center says she believes there’s no reason parents should be concerned about the MMR vaccine.

“At this point there is absolutely no solid scientific data linking vaccines and autism. There’s no known safety risk,” said Dr. Fortner.

Alley encourages parents to watch the film.

“As a concerned parent that is something I need to look into. I need to be able to question all things and look at all sides of the story,” said Alley.

The CDC website states there is no link between vaccines and autism. The CDC says vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect their children from 16 potentially harmful diseases.

For a list of showtimes, click here.

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