To Vaccinate or To Not Vaccinate?

Since the break of social media, celebrities have been sharing more than their careers but their opinion. Whether it’s their new favorite product or their political view . . . they are letting the whole world know with just one post.

Khloe Kardashian is no stranger when it comes to sharing her favorite products. Although her posts are sponsored, that doesn’t stop her 92.9 million from buying the products she promotes.

Last month, The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil slammed Khloe for promoting an unhealthy product. After posting a similar shot to the one above with a detox tea Jameela was quick to comment on the photo. We forget how much of an impact celebs have, with millions of followers they can get an audience to do almost anything.

Image courtesy of @commentsbycelebs

We’re not always going to have someone like Jameela Jamil there to tell us if something is right or not. We may love getting tips and tricks from our favorite influencers but there needs to be a line drawn of how far their influence can go.

Measles Outbreak in California

The current measles outbreak has me thinking about the health influence celebrities have had over the years. Celebrities like Kat Von D, Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy are among the many that have spoken out publicly about not vaccinating their children.

All of the people they influenced are soon going to regret their decision as the measles outbreak is infecting hundreds all over southern California. Just this year, 764 Americans have been diagnosed with measles, a new record-breaking high. Experts are saying that the “historic surge is due to an increasing number of measles outbreaks abroad as well as falling vaccination rates locally.”

The biggest scandal about whether to vaccinate or not to vaccinate revolves all around Jenny McCarthy. In 2007, she went on the Oprah show saying that the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine had caused her son’s autism.

Image courtesy of @jennymccarthy

This lead to Jenny advocating publicly about anti-vaccination. She lead several anti-vaccination movements, she even wrote a book titled Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds. Jenny’s following is quite large so you can imagine how many people listened to her in fear of their own child being diagnosed with a disease.

Now . . . as of my knowledge, Jenny is not a doctor, therefore, she should not have the power to influence the well-being of others and their children. Nearly every doctor and pediatrician will say vaccinations are basic childcare. Every child is required to get certain shots in order to attend school.

Just two years ago a record high number of children died from the flu because they were not vaccinated properly by their parents. Who knows how many could potentially die from the measles outbreak in southern California. Although there is no way to measure Jenny’s influence on anti-vaccination, we can conclude it did not help.

One thought on “To Vaccinate or To Not Vaccinate?

  1. Hi Regan,
    I love this post. I had no idea that Jenny McCarthy was anti-vaxx…the more you know. I definitely agree with you that celebrities that do not have any type of medical background should not be going around influencing other parents and their children. I think that obviously every parent can make their own decisions when it comes to their children, but when it’s putting other people at risk, it’s not okay. It is also kind of crazy to me that Jenny said vaccines were the cause of her sons autism. This theory has been debunked many times so it is still wild that people still believe that. Anyway, great post and very interesting!

    Sara

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