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Kristen Bell: It's Unacceptable to Not Vaccinate Your Kids

Kristen Bell: It's Unacceptable to Not Vaccinate Your Kids

Kristen Bell takes the cover of Good Housekeeping‘s May 2015 issue, on newsstands April 21.

Here’s what the 34-year-old actress had to share with the mag:

On vaccinations: “I’m very crunchy, and happily so. But there is a lot of scientific, proven information out there that shows why vaccinations are necessary. Kids with autoimmune diseases, kids who are receiving cancer treatments – they can’t be vaccinated because their immune systems [can't handle it]. If your kid has leukemia, he can’t get vaccinations; if he then goes to school with my kid and I chose not to give my kid vaccinations, I’m putting your kid at risk. To me, that’s unacceptable. There are the weak among us whom we have to protect. As moms, our responsibility is not just to our kids – it’s to all the other kids, too. People often misplace fear. Your child is 100 times more likely to be struck by lightning than to have a severe reaction to a vaccine. That’s a fact.”

On how kids have changed her life: “Our dinner parties have changed. Now they involve guests who are in diapers and are a lot pickier. The other day, Dax said, ‘Where did we get all these kids?’ It’s weird to me that all of a sudden I have a family of four. I own two people! “Our life has taken a turn, but not in a bad way.”

On couple’s therapy: “You do better in the gym with a trainer; you don’t figure out how to cook without reading a recipe. Therapy is not something to be embarrassed about.”

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  • jaz

    touchy subject. if I had kids I would definitely get them vaccinated but I can understand why someone might be afraid to.

  • Courtney Kennedy

    yeah the same goes for kids with food allergies like dairy eggs or nuts. never mind that kids now a days get something like 40 vaccinations by the time they are three years old though some of those are only first doses like the M.M.R. booster or tetanus. this D list actress is trying to say parents that opt out for religious reasons are bad parents

  • shoes4life

    Most parents just choose to get certain vaccines at a later age for their child. When a child is born they are ready to pump them up before their own little immune systems can kick in. I can understand why some wait on certain vaccines. I think it’s too much when they are infants.

  • kellyf

    She’s clearly not talking about people who don’t vaccinate for religious reasons. She’s talking about the wave of people believing disproven theories that vaccinations are bad or those who aren’t vaccinating because of only a few cases out of millions where children had a bad reaction. Having religious beliefs and believing a dumb article that someone posted on Facebook are different things, and I’m sure she knows that.

  • Parisjok

    love her dress

  • Jolly Roger

    Thank you, Kristen Bell! Maybe these nuts will listen to a celebrity…

  • Maria


  • velika

    Parents, please consider some real facts:

    1. In 2001, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe.”
    2. From 1989 to 2015 the National Vaccine Injury Court has awarded $3.1 BILLION dollars for vaccine injury and deaths, with an average of over $221,000,000 million a year.
    3. The FDA estimates that fewer than 1 percent of all serious adverse effects are reported; the CDC estimates that this is only about 10 percent.
    4. The National Vaccine Injury Act shields vaccine makers from all liability, including injury and death.
    5. 90 to 95 percent of infectious diseases were in decline before immunization.
    6. Vaccines are 85 to 95 percent effective, according to the CDC; the median exemption rate in the U.S. is 1.8 percent.
    7. The American Medical Association Code of Medical ethics recommends “medical, religious, or philosophical” exemptions for DOCTORS.
    8. The pharmaceutical industry is the biggest defrauder of the government under the False Claims Act. In the past five years, $19.2 BILLION were returned in attempts to defraud federal health programs.
    9. From 2004 to 2014, there were 20 pharmaceutical company settlements in the $345 million to $1 billion range.
    10. Merck, which profits from ALL vaccines used in the United States, spent $2 billion more on advertising last year than it did on research and development.
    11. In the first six months of 2013, Merck spent $141 million in advertising; $24.3 million was on Gardisil alone.
    12. Merck is currently in court facing THREE whistle-blower lawsuits, two (stemming from former employee claims) that it lied about the efficacy of the mumps portion of the MMR, and one from a CDC EMPLOYEE that for ten years it covered up data linking the high rates of autism in African American boys to the timing of the MMR vaccine.

    Kirsten Bell is not an epidemiologist, an ethicist, a legal expert, a civil rights leader. Please consider WHY people with no power and little capital calling for safer vaccines, meaningful free market choices, transparency, and legal accountability — rights that are in YOUR INTEREST as citizens, consumers — are quickly dismissed and belittled in the media when the number one source of advertising revenue for the media s is the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Ja’crispy

    Just what the world needs, another outspoken actress. Stop beating this into the ground. No one cares. And no one is going to choose to vaccinate or not based on what Kristen bell, Jenny mccathery, or Kristen cavalarri have to say. Shut up already.

  • mrsjs15

    Your source on each point…??

  • Jenna King

    I’ve thought the notion of stabbing a brand new baby with a hepatitis immunization is the height of idiocy. Besides, these people can presume to know all they want about the shots, when you’ve seen for yourself what the MMR did to your niece, you can easily blow off the lie that they are all safe. They aren’t.