Most kids have a favorite cartoon or show that they like to watch.
When I was a kid, it was Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
Are You Prepared for Your Kids Getting Shots?
Although we often complain about kids overdoing it with screen time, there are some circumstances when a little screen time might be a good thing.
A little distraction helped Elmo get his shot.
For example, if your kids are
nervous about an upcoming visit to their pediatrician when they will get shots, having things explained by a well known character will almost certainly be helpful.
How else can you
prepare your kids?
Remember to be honest. Don’t lie and say that they aren’t getting a shot or that it
won’t hurt at all, only to have their pediatrician tell them that they need a vaccination during the visit.
Books on going to the doctors can also be helpful. Many include a section or story on getting vaccines.
Going To The Doctor by T. Berry Brazelton, MD has always been a favorite of mine, but there are many others:
Leo Gets a Checkup
The Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor
Corduroy Goes to the Doctor
Nicky Goes to the Doctor
Daniel Visits the Doctor
Froggy Goes to the Doctor
My Friend the Doctor
The Big Blue House Call
And have your kids play with a Doc McStuffins medical kit.
safe and necessary and you can help to make sure your kids are ready to get them at their next appointment. More on Preparing Kids When Getting Shots
All of the attention that Robert De Niro gave the movie
Vaxxed has many people realizing that there are anti-vaccine movies out there.
Promoted as documentaries, they mostly include the same
anti-vaccine ‘experts’ that scare parents away from vaccinating their kids on the Internet.
These types of movies include:
Vaxxed The Greater Good Trace Amounts Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis? Bought Man Made Epidemic Sacrificial Virgins The Truth About Vaccines
propaganda, without even a trace amount of truth in them, and should not be used as a research tool to help you make a decision about vaccines. Vaccine Movies and Documentaries
What about movies to actually help you
get educated about vaccines?
Every Last Child takes a look at the fight to end polio in Pakistan.
Watch these movies and documentaries:
Have you seen or heard about any of these movies about vaccines?
Just as bad as so-called vaccine documentaries, many of the vaccine videos that you find on You-Tube are also filled with misinformation and propaganda, including many
vaccine scare videos.
Where are you Jon Stewart? Measles is still around…
Watch the following vaccines videos instead:
questions? More on Vaccine Movies and Videos
Updated February 28, 2019
Some of the first celebrities to advocate for vaccines did so to help combat polio.
In 1954, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz asked everyone to “give every dime and dollar” they could spare to fight polio, becoming some of the first celebrity vaccine advocates.
From Grace Kelly to Elvis and Marilyn Monroe, stars lined up to support the efforts of the March of Dimes to end polio, with celebrity comedian Eddie Cantor leading the way.
Joan Crawford, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Red Skelton, Johnny Cash, Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, and many others were a part of the Polio Crusade.
Before that though, there were celebrities that were working to fight smallpox. Celebrities of the time like
Lewis Carroll, who is best known for writing Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Celebrity Vaccine Advocates
There are, not surprisingly, many pro-vaccine celebrities now too.
Kristen Bell Jon Stewart Ewan McGregor John Oliver Jennifer Garner Olivia Wilde Amada Peet Lenny Kravitz David Beckham Keri Russel Julie Bowen Serena Williams Salma Hayek Christy Turlington Burns Kim Kardashian Jennifer Lopez Kristi Yamaguchi Marc Anthony Sarah Michelle Gellar Kendra Wilkinson Marissa Jaret Winokur Stephen Colbert
And like Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in the 1950s, many celebrity vaccine advocates work with organizations to help fight vaccine-preventable diseases and protect children.
Many, like Ewan McGregor and Salma Hayek, work with UNICEF.
Others promote flu vaccines, combat pertussis, or simply fight the anti-vaccine misinformation that is that out there.
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