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Celebrity Moms Who Side With Science

By April 15, 2015 1 Comment

Who has two thumbs and sides with science?


As a mom, vaccines are always on my mind. Just this morning, I found myself touring a prospective school for my toddler and asking about the vaccination rates of his potential classmates.

While the anti-vaccine celebrities get (too much) press, I’d like to give a shout out to the celebrity moms who side with science and passionately advocate for vaccination. I first wrote about this topic in 2013 when I was pleasantly surprised to see the TDAP vaccine being promoted on an episode of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”.

With celebrity moms having such a public platform, I became curious about how closely their messages align with the barriers that we know stand between children and their vaccinations. In a nice review of patient barriers to immunizations, Hendriksz et al describe three types: (1) miseducation and misconceptions of patients, (2) fear and anxiety of immunization pain, and (3) lack of access (perceived and real) to immunizations.

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Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health

There’s Actually a Scientific Reason Behind Being #antivaxx

By February 24, 2015 No Comments

In just under 10 minutes, Hank Green of YouTube’s famous SciShow gives the most scientific (while easily understandable) explanation of why people opt out of vaccines. His video follows the thinking of Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman who claims that “[p]eople are much more afraid of their children dying from a vaccine than they are from a child dying of an illness that spreads naturally. If something would happen to their child after being vaccinated, their decision becomes a focus of enormous regret.”

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Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Science 101 + Mythbusting