Kristen Bell's Pro-Vax Stance Might Be Keeping Some Friends Away

kristen bellKristen Bell might seem a little out there and crunchy to some. She's a breastfeeding mom, she named her daughters Lincoln and Delta, and she's an animal activist with a special place in her heart for sloths. But Bell is pro-vaccine, so much so that she told her friends they couldn't hold her baby if they weren't vaccinated.

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Bell was specifically referencing the whopping cough vax in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Bell said:

When Lincoln was born [in March 2013], the whooping cough epidemic was growing, 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.

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Bell's daughter Lincoln is now almost 2 years old, while Delta is just 2 months old. Kristen, along with her husband Dax Shepard, have maintained they want those un-vaccinated to stay away from their newborn. I can't say I blame them. I'd add the measles vax -- MMR -- to the list, too. The measles outbreak, which seems to have started at Disney in California, is spreading. We have to be proactive. Infants are too young to be vaccinated and because their immune system is still developing, it makes it harder for them to fight off serious illnesses.

No matter where you stand on vaccines, I think (I hope) we can all agree that we don't want newborns getting the measles or whopping cough or anything. I don't want anyone to get it no matter their age. I understand Bell's stance on this. Quite simply, she needs to protect her kids and she's doing what she feels she needs to do. It's just like how we put our kids in car seats to protect them from potential accidents. Some of us vaccinate to protect them from disease.

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Friends should understand Bell's request. I made requests of friends and family who visited me and my newborn twins. They had to remove their shoes at the door and they had to wash their hands and arms before holding either of my babies. When making arrangements for visits, I even asked that if they were sick even with just a cold, that they wait until they were well.

I accept another parent's decision to not vaccinate. I also hope that people accept the decisions I make to protect my kids. Bell's decision deserves acceptance and to be respected.

What do you think of Bell's request for friends to vaccinate or else not hold the baby? Did you have any of the same "rules"?

 

Image via Kristen Bell/Instagram

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