As a mom, vaccines are always on my mind. Just this morning, I found myself touring a prospective school for my toddler and asking about the vaccination rates of his potential classmates.
While the anti-vaccine celebrities get (too much) press, I’d like to give a shout out to the celebrity moms who side with science and passionately advocate for vaccination. I first wrote about this topic in 2013 when I was pleasantly surprised to see the TDAP vaccine being promoted on an episode of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”.
With celebrity moms having such a public platform, I became curious about how closely their messages align with the barriers that we know stand between children and their vaccinations. In a nice review of patient barriers to immunizations, Hendriksz et al describe three types: (1) miseducation and misconceptions of patients, (2) fear and anxiety of immunization pain, and (3) lack of access (perceived and real) to immunizations.