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Kirsten Bell: “Take Vaccination Seriously”

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Kristen BellIf you want a chance at holding Kristen Bell’s baby, here’s one rule you have to follow: Get vaccinated!

Kristen Bell is one of many celeb moms who are vocal about supporting vaccines. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Bell recently shared her vigilance about getting daughters Lincoln and Delta vaccinated.

“When Lincoln was born, the whooping cough epidemic was growing,” Bell said. “And before she was 2 months old, we simply said [to friends], ‘You have to get a whooping cough vaccination if you are going to hold our baby. It’s a very simple logic: I believe in trusting doctors, not know-it-alls.”

Bell’s support for vaccines comes at a crucial time when measles are spreading, now with a confirmed 141 cases (still across 17 states), and as a new Pew poll revealed that some Millennials are still have doubts about vaccines.

It’s likely that Lincoln, who’s almost 2, has already received her first dose of the MMR vaccine (the CDC recommends it for kids between ages 12 and 15 months). Delta, who’s almost 2 months, is still too young for most vaccines (including the MMR), but those closest to her can still protect her by getting vaccinated.

Some of Bell’s recent tweets, according to, also reveal how passionate she is about vaccines.

@jordan_mechell: something 4 anti-vac parents 2 think about: if there were a peanut allergy vaccine created, would u give it 2 your kids?”

— Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) February 3, 2015

need a reason to take vaccination seriously? meet Maggie. & keep your fingers crossed for her. @MotherJones

— Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) February 3, 2015

The most important thing i read after I had a baby:

— Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) December 21, 2014

Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for She loves collecting children’s picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea.

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Yes, Babies CAN Feel Pain When Getting Shots

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Crying baby with mom at pediatricianDoes your baby cry uncontrollably when getting a vaccination shot at the doctor’s office? Turns out it’s not merely a melodramatic meltdown. Researchers at the University College London have discovered that a baby’s brain actually registers pain during vaccination shots, reports ScienceDaily.

A small sample size of 15 babies (1 month to 12 months) were studied. Each baby was given an EEG test, where harmless electrodes were placed on the scalp to measure brain activity, and also recorded on film while being given routine vaccinations.

Scientists then compared how each baby’s brain reacted to the shots to their physical pain responses, such as crying, distorted facial expressions, and movement.

All babies experienced pain, but results indicated that younger babies (1- to 2-month-olds) had higher “spikes” in brain activities upon skin contact with needles, versus 12-month-olds. The younger babies’ pain was given a rating system of 8 out of 10.

This initial research provides evidence that more pain-free vaccination (like the rotavirus vaccine, which is given orally) should be created in the near-future to provide better care for babies and also make doctor’s visits less stressful for everyone.

Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for who covers baby-related content. She loves collecting children’s picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea

Vaccines for Babies and Older Kids
Vaccines for Babies and Older Kids
Vaccines for Babies and Older Kids

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Are Parents Going Too Far With ‘Infant Cocooning’?

Friday, August 8th, 2014

infant-cocooningThere are some things no new parent wants to be without when baby arrives. (See: lots of diapers, a mountain of wipes, and some onesies.) But for some moms- and dads-to-be, that must-have list now includes vaccinations — not just for themselves, but for anyone who will come in contact with baby.

The trend, called “infant cocooning,” may sound like the stuff of extreme parents, but down-to-earth, normal couples are also making sure Grandma is up to date on her diphtheria, influenza and pertussis shots before she can hold the baby, reports CBS’ New York affiliate. And this is music to the ears of the experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics, who recommend the practice because it help prevent infants from being exposed to infectious diseases.

Among the potpourri of vaccinations out there, the AAP recommends people get vaccinated against pertussis, or whooping cough. That’s because the respiratory tract infection is on the rise in the United States, and most babies have to wait until they’re 2 months old before receiving the vaccination, CBS reports. Plus, “a baby under 6 months of age is more likely to be hospitalized or die from whooping cough infection as opposed to a 2-year-old or 12-year-old who gets ill and has a bad cough,” says pediatrician (and Parents advisor) Dr. Ari Brown.

While some people think asking family, friends, and caregivers to undergo a round of shots before meeting baby is overkill, I’m siding with the experts on this one. After I brought home my newborn son, I stationed vats of hand sanitizer all around my home and nudged visitors toward them the second they took off their coats. And yes, my husband and I also asked our families to make sure they were up to date on their vaccinations before they came over to meet our son. We had no idea it was called “infant cocooning,” though — to us, it was just plain common sense.

Tell us: Would you ask your family, friends and caregivers to get vaccinated before they’re allowed to hold your newborn?

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Kristin Cavallari Isn’t Vaccinating Her Son

Monday, March 17th, 2014

So… another celebrity mom has come out against vaccines. Expectant mama Kristin Cavallari told the FoxKristin Cavallari Business show The Independents last week that autism fears have kept her from vaccinating her 18-month-old son, Camden.

“We didn’t vaccinate,” she told host Lisa Kennedy. “I read too many books about autism and there’s studies…Now, one in 88 boys is autistic and that’s a scary statistic.”

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Responding to the harsh backlash that resulted, Cavallari explained on Fox & Friends that she never intended to go public with her decision.

“Listen, to each their own,” she said. “I understand both sides of it. I’ve read too many books about autism and there’s some scary statistics out there. It’s our personal choice, and, you know, if you’re really concerned about your kid get them vaccinated and it shouldn’t be a problem.”

(Interestingly, the original interview aired on March 13th—the same day that Jenny McCarthy got vilified on Twitter for her beliefs about vaccines and autism when she posted a question that had nothing to do with either vaccines or autism.)

Look, I’m not going to hate on a fellow mama for making a decision that she feels is best for her child. When I was a new mom, I, too, was fearful of the high number of shots my sweet boy was getting. I chose to delay some of his vaccines—including the MMR shot.

But as the link between autism and vaccines was repeatedly, consistently debunked by expert sources I respected, I grew less fearful. I also had the experience of making a trip to the ER with my sick son one night and having to answer “no” when the doctors asked if he was up to date on his vaccines. And while his illness had nothing to do with his not yet having had the MMR shot, the mere thought that it could have made me sick with guilt.

Today, both of my kids are completely up to date on their vaccines, and my youngest has been vaccinated on schedule.

Cavallari loses me when she trots out the “if you’re really concerned about your kid get them vaccinated and it shouldn’t be a problem” line. Because, as we all know, when some parents don’t vaccinate their kids, it can be a problem for those who do believe in vaccination. It can be a problem for children who are too young to receive vaccinations. It can be a problem for the elderly in a community.

Earlier this month a measles outbreak occurred in New York City, with more than 15 confirmed cases in parts of Manhattan and the Bronx. According to news reports, the majority of the kids affected were not vaccinated, either because they were too young or their parents decided against it. As a NYC resident, I find this outbreak scary—especially because, at 2 ½, my youngest child hasn’t had his second scheduled MMR shot yet.

It sounds like Cavallari is reluctant to be a known “anti-vaxxer.” She was on Fox & Friends to promote her new trend-forecasting TV show, The Fabulist (which premieres tonight), not to talk about vaccines. But given her new gig, I hope other new mamas don’t follow her lead on this one.

Tell us: What do you think about Kristin Cavallari’s anti-vaccine stance?

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Vaccines for Babies and Older Kids
Vaccines for Babies and Older Kids

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