Elmo And The Surgeon General Ponder Why Some People Don’t Get Vaccinated (VIDEO)
by NICOLE FLATOW –
Just a few months into his tenure as U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy has launched a campaign to encourage vaccinations, using none other than Sesame Street superstar Elmo.
“Those are the shots that help you stay healthy,” Murthy tells Elmo in the short YouTube video. “Don’t worry, Elmo,” Murthy says. “It’s just a little pinch. And it’s safe.” After which Elimo encourages the audience to “Get vaccinated with Elmo!”
“That’s a good question, Elmo,” Vivek says. And then they stare into the camera looking puzzled, as the camera fades out.
The campaign comes as the numbers of Americans opting out of vaccines or delaying them for their kids have reached record highs in some places, on the misleading belief that they are harmful for children. Low vaccination rates imperil the safety of everybody against diseases like Measles through a phenomenon known as “herd immunity,” which means that vulnerability to highly contagious disease increases when immunity falls below a certain percentage. In the case of measles, 95 percent.
Studies have even linked these anti-vaxxer campaigns to recent Measles outbreaks, including one at Disneyland.