Why You Shouldn't Take Parenting Advice from Celebrities

Despite what some of them may say, vaccines are not bad

Why You Shouldn't Take Parenting Advice from Celebrities

Every few months, I’ll stumble upon something on my Facebook feed about a celebrity and their opposition to vaccinating their children. When did it become totally mainstream to not vaccinate your kids?

As a mom and doctor, it really freaks me out when I read about measles outbreaks in Canada or the United States. It actually freaks me out more than when I read about Zika virus or Ebola.

We have managed to effectively eradicate devastating diseases from a large part of the world through vaccination. Despite what certain celebrities think, I’ve reviewed the literature, and haven’t seen any compelling, quality evidence to suggest that vaccines are bad. Here's what I know and have learned...

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This post was developed in association with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The opinions of the author are their own.

Having your family immunized is an important part of creating a foundation for a healthy life and it’s normal to have questions. Now you have all the answers in one place to help make an informed decision for your family.

Talia Zenlea, MD is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. She is the founder of bellyblog.ca, and the mother of 3 rambunctious boys and a well-behaved Labradoodle. She is passionate about good food, good friends, good weather, and empowering women to take charge of their own health and well being