The outbreaks of measles around the country have brought the dangers of not vaccinating children to the forefront of people’s attention. While there is scientific evidence that vaccinations are the only and most effective way to eradicate disease, and to keep eradicated diseases from reappearing, many people still question the safety of vaccinations.
Kristen Bell has taken to Twitter in support of vaccinating children, tweeting links and thoughts.
“Need a reason to take vaccinations seriously?” Bell tweeted. “meet Maggie. & keep your fingers crossed for her.” She included link to Maggie’s story on Mother Jones.
To the Parent of the Unvaccinated Child Who Exposed My Family to Measles
When another Twitter user said, “I can’t send my kids 2 public school with peanut butter, BUT parents can send kids that aren’t immunized,” Bell responded, “Good point.”
Other celebrities and politicians have also started to weigh in, encouraging people to vaccinate their children.
Sarah Michelle Gellar told People, “Having children is the greatest gift anyone’s ever given me, and if I can help protect anyone else’s gift, then it’s not just my pleasure, but it’s my responsibility to do it.”
Hillary Clinton tweeted support for vaccinations, “The science is clear: the earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork. Let’s protect all our kids. #GrandmothersKnowBest.”
Actress Olivia Wilde, a new mother to son Otis, tweeted, “Our little dude Otis has his next round of vaccinations tomorrow! I’m so grateful to be able to protect him and his kid community.”
President Obama did an interview with Savannah Guthrie:
“I understand that there are families that in some cases are concerned about the effect of vaccinations,” he said. “The science is, you know, pretty indisputable. We’ve looked at this again and again. There is every reason to get vaccinated, but there aren’t reasons to not. You should get your kids vaccinated. It’s good for them, but we should be able to get back to the point where measles effectively is not existing in this country.”
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