Anti-Vaccine Megachurch Hit by Measles Turns to Vaccine

Texas church now hosting vaccination clinics
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2013 1:17 AM CDT
Anti-Vaccine Megachurch at Heart of Measles Outbreak
Pearsons has urged church members to be vaccinated or stay in quarantine.   (Shutterstock)

A Texas megachurch whose founder has linked vaccines to autism is now hosting vaccination clinics after being linked to at least 21 cases of measles. The outbreak began when a person who was infected with measles overseas visited Eagle Mountain International Church near Fort Worth, the AP reports. Most of the 21 people with measles had not been vaccinated and all the children infected were being home-schooled.

Pastor Terri Pearsons, daughter of televangelist Kenneth Copeland, turned to the Bible to explain the church's apparent change in stance, Raw Story reports. "When you read the Old Testament, you find that it is full of precautionary measures, and it is full of the law," she said, adding that she encouraged people to be vaccinated, but "if you've got this covered in your household by faith and it crosses your heart of faith then don't go do it." (More measles stories.)

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