Kristen Bell admits to being “pretty crunchy” in her real life, but said having her children, Lincoln and Delta, changed her mind about the anti-vaccination movement that is putting American children at risk.
“I thought, oh well, I’m probably not going to vaccinate because we don’t need it, those diseases don’t exist,” Bell told Entertainment Tonight. “In the research I did, I found that there is actually a really big reason why we all need to. Which shocked me.”
Kristen Bell and husband Dax Shepard felt so strongly about vaccinations that they insisted that friends and family be up-to-date on their shots before holding daughter Lincoln after her 2013 birth and are doing the same with newborn daughter Delta Bell.
Kristen Bell is becoming increasingly vocal in advocating for vaccination in interviews and on social media.
“It’s a very simple logic: I believe in trusting doctors, not know-it-alls,” Bell told The Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview.
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Anti-vaccination proponents argue against getting immunized against diseases like polio and measles that haven’t threatened public health in America for several generations, however with a resent resurgence in measles, Bell argues that the decision to vaccinate affects everyone.
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“I think it’s really important to acknowledge that we have something called the herd immunity, where there are people that cannot get immunizations because of autoimmune diseases or cancer treatments,” she explained. “If we don’t get the vaccinations to keep them safe, then they’re screwed.”