Eagle Mountain and Kenneth Copeland Ministries disinfected their shared 25-acre campus, including the nursery and day care center, Pearsons said at an Aug. 14 church service titled "Taking Our Stand of Faith Over Measles." The church also runs schools for children through the sixth grade.
Jones praised the church's efforts thus far -- but other health experts have been critical.
In an Aug. 15 statement, Copeland Pearsons drew a link between vaccinations and autism, saying, "The concerns we have had are primarily with very young children who have family history of autism and with bundling too many immunizations at one time."
In 2010, during a broadcast about health, Kenneth Copeland -- whose followers consider him a prophet -- voiced alarm about the number of shots given to his grandchild.
"All of this stuff they wanted to put into his body," Copeland said. "Some of it is criminal!"
Copeland was particularly agitated about the Hepatitis B shot.
"In an infant? That's crazy! That is a shot for sexually transmitted disease!" he said.
:We need to be a whole lot more serious about this and aware, and you don't take the word of the guy who’s trying to give you the shot about what’s good and what isn't."
Dr. Don Colbert, a "divine health" expert who has appeared with Copeland in several broadcasts, then said that the autism rate among children had increased along with the number of childhood vaccinations.
"I have had so many patients bring their children in and they say, you know what, the week after I had that immunization, for MMR -- measles, mumps and rubella -- my child stopped talking, my child stopped giving me eye contact. He was not alert, he was not coherent. he quit speaking, he quit being the child I had," Colbert said on the webcast.
Colbert and the Copeland family are wrong about immunizations, said Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University.
"It's painful because these pastors are trusted spiritual leaders who are speaking to people not only in their congregations but also on television," he said. "They are putting people at risk.”
There is no link between vaccinations and autism, and hepatitis can be passed from mother to child, making the shot necessary and effective, Schaffner said.
Schaffner said that doctors call concerns about bundling immunizations the "pin cushion effect." It's a common but unfounded fear, he said.
Most health experts, including the American Pediatric Association and the Tarrant County Public Health Department, agree with Schaffner.
Neither Eagle Mountain International Church nor Kenneth Copeland Ministries responded to repeated requests for comment.
In a joint statement on Wednesday, the church and ministry said that they believe in, and advocate the use of, medical professionals.
"If an individual is faced with a situation that requires medical attention, that person should seek out the appropriate medical professional and follow their instructions using wisdom," the statement said.
After the measles outbreak, Copeland said that he "inquired of the Lord as to what he would say regarding these vaccinations," according to a statement posted on the church's website on Aug. 15.
The pastor said that God told him to "pray over it," and then to "take advantage of what I have provided for you in Jesus’ name."