Surgeon General and Elmo Call on Nation to Get Kids Vaccinated

Department of Health and Human Services shot a promotion video and released it on Friday, urging Americans to vaccinate their children. The video features Surgeon General and Elmo from the Sesame Street. The video, lasting half a minute, was made public in a blog on the Department of Health and Human Services website. The two discuss the importance of children getting vaccinated.

Among other things, Murthy says to Elmo in the ad that it is his job to help everybody stay healthy. Elmo then asks: “Can Elmo help, too?” Murthy responds that it is possible that everybody gets their vaccinations on time, explaining the shots are aimed at helping children stay healthy. He also encourages everybody from Sesame Street to get the shots as well.

"Among children in the U.S. born between 1994 and 2013, routine vaccinations will prevent an estimated 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations, and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes," Murthy stresses in a blog introducing the video. He said that vaccines are "the most successful and cost-effective public health tools."

In a related story, California has declared an outbreak of measles several months ago that originated from Disneyland. The outbreak sparked a national debate about vaccinations. It caused 147 children to be diagnosed with measles across the country. Luckily, there weren’t any deaths.

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