Dax Shepard & Kristen Bell the “Most Pro-Vaccine Celebs in the Biz”

Dax Shepard & Kristen Bell the “Most Pro-Vaccine Celebs in the Biz” June 27, 2019
Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell. Photo Credit Shutterstock

Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell are using their influence and celebrity to promote science and vaccinations for infants and children. The Hollywood power couple spoke out on Twitter last week to share their views on vaccinations and urge others to trust science. Both Bell and Shepard have been speaking out in support of California Senate bill SB276 that will strengthen laws around medical exemptions for vaccines.

Last week the California Assembly Health Committee heard arguments from parents against the SB276. The committee held the meeting to vote on amendments added to the bill by the California Senate earlier in the month.

Despite large crowds of protestors filling the California State Capital, the amended bill easily passed the committee. The bill will move to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for a vote. According to the Los Angeles Times, several committee members have publically stated that they support the amended bill. Additionally, Governor Gavin Newsom said he supports the changes made to the bill and will sign the bill into law if it reaches his desk.

While the Assembly listened to angry parents argue for fewer restrictions to vaccination laws. Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell spoke out to support the proposed law. Many celebrities have been reluctant to comment on their position on the bill. Others, like Jessica Biel, have denounced the bill and urged lawmakers to vote against SB276.

On Twitter, Kristen Bell wrote three tweets supporting the bill. She told her 2.57 million followers that SB276 would ensure communities in California are safe from a vaccine-preventable disease. Additionally, Bell stated that passage of the bill would enable children, infants, and the immunocompromised will remain safe in public school.

While Kristen Bell’s statement was more formal, Dax Shepard’s tweets took aim at parents that refuse to vaccinate their children. Shepard wrote, “I would have a hard time keeping my opinion to myself if someone was telling me their 8-month-old did not need a car seat. The same hard time I’m having currently with anti-vaxxers.”

He went on to call out anti-vaxxers for allowing their ignorance to affect their children. He wrote, “I’ll tell you why, because their ignorance is affecting an innocent child. This is a clear and obvious distinction.”

When a Twitter user replied to Dax that she thought he and his wife were anti-vaxxers, Dax responded by saying, “God no. We’ve been the most vocal pro-vaccination couple in the biz.

Then Kristen Bell chimed in by affirming their choice to vaccinate their children. Bell wrote, “Absolutely not! We vaccinated and we’re proud to. Gotta protect the herd immunity.”

Being an open pro-vaccine celebrity is certainly not the trend in Hollywood. For years, celebrities like Robert DeNiro, Jenny McCarthy, Alicia Silverstone, Kristin Cavallari, Jim Carey, Lisa Bonet, Mayim Bialik, Kat Von D, Bill Maher, and Toni Braxton have advocated against mandatory vaccinations.

For Bell and Shepard to announce their pro-vaccine stance, they prove they are willing to support scientific data rather than bend to Hollywood’s trendy belief that vaccines cause autism. Despite over 100 studies proving vaccines do not cause autism, many celebrities continue to promote the debunked belief to their fans.

Shepard addressed the debunked myth about vaccination and autism in a tweet on June 19, In the tweet, Shepard wrote, “You should not be allowed to use Twitter (technology brought to you by science). Epidemiological studies have proven 100% there is no link between autism and vaccinations. But there’s a huge link between the people with measles right now and no vaccinations.”

Shepard’s statements about the measles are on par with the data that the Centers for Disease Control have released on the measles cases reported in 2019. According to the CDC, there have been 1077 reported cases of the measles and the majority of the infections occurred in unvaccinated people.

For many, Shepard and Bell’s support of vaccinations is a breath of fresh air. Misinformation related to vaccines has spread widely due to celebrities like Jenny McCarthy and Robert DeNiro. Both have used their platforms to write book or fund documentaries that spread incorrect information about vaccines.

With California likely to pass SB276, many celebrities will have to buckle down and get their children vaccinated. Shepard and Bell are already ahead of the curve because their children are all up to date.

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  • RainbowPhoenix

    I like these humans. They understand.

  • persephone

    The law in California, AFAIK, applies to admission of children to public schools. A lot of celebrities, as well as upper middle class and above parents, send their children to private schools, and that’s how they’ve avoided immunizations. The biggest outbreaks in California have been in private schools. Public school parents passed around the names of doctors who would sign medical exemptions without examining the child or after only meeting the child, kind of like the doctors who were writing out marijuana prescriptions for the a flat rate of $269 and no exam.

    What I am wondering is if any large businesses, such as theme parks, will decide whether to risk visitors getting infected, and possible permanent injury or death, or if they’ll start refusing entry to the unvaccinated and deal with that fallout.

    Also, what will happen with school sporting events? In some areas, public and private schools will compete.

  • Alexander Porter

    Do you have any proof of your personal allegations against these said doctors? Or do you just believe everything you read on the internet?

  • WallofSleep

    Dang! Good on them both for publicly stepping up and speaking out on this issue. I had no idea they were the type to do so.

  • persephone

    Boo, anti-vaxxer, go away. Pro-plaguers are not wanted here.

  • Alexander Porter

    There’s that slur again. Along with all hand waving BS, and not surprisingly, no data. You obviously have zero understanding what’s happening along with zero proof.

    Measles, Mumps and Pertussis, chicken pox, etc. all have basically a zero percent death rate, and contracting and developing your own antibodies gives a human lifelong immunity. You’re asking for a mandate for a product even the manufacturer won’t stand behind, subjecting the person to risks of DNA and RNA contamination, heavy metals, and possibly accidental auto-immune response in the process. Along with the fact that these products are such garbage you need all of the above many times in your life to sustain that don’t even work all that well.

    I suggest you put your body where you mouth is and load up on multiple shots of the adult’s recommended schedule to prove it to us all how safe they are. Ironically, I doubt you’re even close to current, but you’re ready to throw children with no rights under the bus. Mind boggling.

  • Alexander Porter

    Good on them for pulling an easy publicity stunt!

  • WallofSleep

    Yes, for some it’s easy to fall on the side of reason and decency. For many others, like yourself, it’s apparently impossible.

  • WallofSleep

    Nah, “anti-vaxxer/pro-plaguer” ain’t a slur for people like you who either bald faced liars, or so horribly ignorant and gullible that it boggles the mind that you’re capable of complex speech, let alone breathing without mechanical assistance. *ahem*

    https://c8.alamy.com/comp/D18J3F/nurse-attend-to-a-room-full-of-polio-patients-in-iron-lung-respirators-D18J3F.jpg

  • Alexander Porter

    Because it’s a popular opinion doesn’t make it decent. It’s worth noting that “anti-vaxxers” generally have no vested interest in the subject apart from the desire for safe and effective vaccines for their children. On the other hand the vaccine proponents, aside from the ignorant ones, often have significant financial interests. I’ll just leave this here: https://medium.com/@gautamtejasganeshan/is-there-an-intelligible-anti-vaxx-position-52c530b1d518

  • Alexander Porter

    If you’re seriously going to pull the iron lung photo out of the archives to guilt people into fraud, you really don’t know what you’re talking about regarding the subject.

    https://jameslyonsweiler.com/2019/01/20/the-psychosis-of-vaccine-injury-denial-and-hysterisis-of-measles-mortality/

  • WallofSleep

    Not popular opinion, fact. Dasvidania, comrade. I’m done entertaining your trolling, misinformation.

  • Alexander Porter

    I’m definitely not trolling, and regarding the science I have posted… you either don’t understand or refuse to read. It’s you who are gravely uninformed, worse, insulting others that are, and trying to stand up for YOUR basic human rights. You’re on the wrong side of history, ‘comrade’.

    http://vaccinepapers.org/wp-content/uploads/Autism-and-aluminum-adjuvants-in-vaccines.pdf

    https://www.scribd.com/doc/220807175/157-Research-Papers-Supporting-the-Vaccine-Autism-Link?fbclid=IwAR0rrQ6uEXfrbtRhvC2RI8YmG0AshZj9FNy6bCmwz8wf4U7nUatsblUnfiE

  • sabelmouse

    it’s what they do, they have NO science, or rational arguments.

  • sabelmouse

    i know.
    1. propaganda photo.
    2. now we have tiny ones, oft used after vaccination.

  • The Bofa on the Sofa

    If I remember right, Amanda Peet was part of a vaccination advocacy campaign, as well. Don’t know if she’s said anything recently.

  • tomonthebay

    Total BS Alex.

  • tomonthebay

    James Lying-Wheeler would be more accurate.

  • Truth4All

    You’re not even worthy worthy to stand in Dr James Lyons-Weiler’s shadow.

  • Truth4All

    Keep fighting Alexander, it’s a long time of brainwashed people and pharmatrolls that taint the truth. Their dark agenda has just expanded after this months CDC ACIP Committee meeting. MORE VACCINES FOR EVERYONE!

  • Alexander Porter

    All my comments containing hundreds of papers scientific data demonstrating the dangers of been cenvaccines have been deleted! The truth will not be allowed here.

  • Alexander Porter

    You represent the side of the argument that censors those of us standing up for human rights. Damn it must feel good to be a fascist!

  • WallofSleep

    Wow. Your stupidity has no limits.

  • Alexander Porter

    It speaks volumes to your weak position and tired, unscientific platitudes. Go ahead, and flag these too! It’s really the best you can hope to do on this subject. Science has already demonstrated babies brains having a highly permeable BBB, with surfactants like Tween 80 aiding aluminum hydroxide to cross over into brain tissue. Add that to highly contaminated DNA and RNA in vaccines, and the weakest clinical trials of any drug and you’re endorsing mass injury of hundreds of thousands of children. Strange how you can stand behind these products when their manufacturers won’t.

  • Astreja

    Just leave, Alexander. This isn’t your blog and your point of view is not valued here.

  • Alexander Porter

    The point of view of these celebrities isn’t welcome either, but being imposed on my family. I won’t go silently.

  • tomonthebay

    Hilarious. I don’t hold cranks and quacks in high regard.

  • Astreja

    I welcome the pro-vaccine celebrities wholeheartedly. Vaccines clearly save lives, whereas anti-vaxx paranoia is a clear and present danger to herd immunity.

  • Alexander Porter

    Please provide one single case where herd immunity has ever been achieved. Hint: It’s a statistical impossibility due to a) the large number of adults that aren’t current on the CDC’s schedule of boosters and b) the fact that vaccines wear off and c) the general low effectiveness of vaccines (measles is less than 85%) The CDC estimates the population’s current rate at less than 50%. I’d go into all of it but clearly everyone here is more interested in loading up children with brain damaging aluminum and contaminated DNA and wants to sit around befuddled by why the US has the highest child mortality rate of any 1st world country. What gives you the right to deny my child lifelong immunity, forcing a lifetime of dependence on semi-effective boosters after a mild infection? I’ll bet you didn’t know nearly all of these ‘outbreaks’ have been attributed to being spread by vaccinated individuals?

  • sabelmouse

    indeed! + it’s more complex than just NOT getting.

  • sabelmouse

    rarely does!

  • sabelmouse

    actual open debate?

  • sabelmouse

    herd immunity is about more than numbers.

  • sabelmouse

    i hope those people remember what they supported once the totalitarian dystopia come to full fruition. i hope it doesn’t but having studied history …:(

  • sabelmouse

    it does 🙁

  • sabelmouse

    do you enjoy showing yourself as ignorant, and childish?

  • sabelmouse

    defs!

  • Truth4All

    Alexander, we live in eternal hope that these nimrods will wake up like we have. You are educated and very knowledgeable. Their denial, speaks volumes about their IGNORANT minds. If a celeb comes down in the side of , lVaccines are safe, they’re thought to be in so wonderful and smart. PLENTY of celebs have spoken out on the side of harm, which the FDA says all medical interventions carry risks of harm. But now there’s a medical emergency to shove that into everyone and risks be damned.

  • Astreja

    What’s to debate? The pro side has multiple peer-reviewed reports and the con side has -one- discredited, retracted report and a bunch of conspiracy theories.

  • sabelmouse

    the pro side has industry propaganda, correlation, and mythology.
    the anti side has the actual science, and the thinking.
    also, which side censors/tries to prevent open debate?
    and who profits?

  • sabelmouse

    bravo!

  • sabelmouse

    why, is the op pinion of celebrities important?

  • Astreja

    No, I think you’ve confused the sides in this issue. Not worth discussing this with you further.

  • sabelmouse

    great copout 😉

  • tomonthebay

    Congratulations. You have it exactly the opposite of reality.

  • tomonthebay

    Wrong. Herd immunity eradicated smallpox. It is about to eradicate polio. In cattle it eradicated rinderpest.

  • FallsAngel

    a) Currently, the CDC requires an adult booster for Td ONLY (after a dose of Tdap). That’s it!
    b) Two doses of measles vaccine is at least 97% effective, IOW, at least 97% of vaccinees are immune long-term, probably for life.

    Population’s current rate of what is less than 50%?

    The US does not have the highest IMR for any “1st world country” (not the term currently in vogue). Plus, every country calculates IMR a little differently, and small difference are not hugely significant.

    What type of “mild” infection are you talking about?

    Virtually all the measles outbreaks in the US have been caused and sustained by unvaccinated people.

    Here is a table of herd immunities necessary for various diseases:
    https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/herd-immunity/

  • persephone

    The only ignorance here is to believe that vaccines are bad for you. That is so ignorant and the reasoning of such would embarrass a child.

  • sabelmouse

    yes dear chilly.

  • Truth4All

    Well, THEN YOU MUST HAVE A HORRIBLY LOW OPINION OF YOURSELF.

  • tomonthebay

    I had an excellent career as a respected pharmacist. The hospitalists, emergency room docs, pharmacy colleagues and nurses I worked with were very unhappy when I announced my retirement.
    In addition to my hospital practice I also earned a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics and taught for almost a decade and during that portion of my career I collaborated with a group that resulted in my being on 3 food safety patents.
    My practice was evidence-based unlike the likes of Lying-Wheeler.

  • Oh. The James Lyons-Weiler who claimed: (quote)” Just like all the past studies on the MMR/autism question, the study focuses on one vaccine.” and did not realize they had data totally vaccinated vs totally unvaccinated ?

    or who wrote:

    quote: ” It’s impossible to tell because the study never tests a VACCINE x FAMILY HISTORY interaction term. Or any other interaction term that includes vaccines.”

    Well, interaction terms are used in ANOVA. This sort of study is not even use this analysis technique… Apparently he never read the study, much less understood it.

  • Truth4All

    Oh, he understood it alright; better than anyone I’ve heard.
    So many are given at once i.e. when this one young couples little boys legs swelled up with hives and eczema like rash all from his little feet to his hips pelvic cage, he had vaccines in both legs. He couldn’t walk or stand for his pajamas to barely be taken off!!! The video is on YT. finally after all the calls to the Dr. talking, and the emergency room TWICE, the nurse said, it was probably the vaccines, but it would be impossible to tell which one, so the next time just give him a benedryl before he comes in for more vaccines! The idiocracy which has become the excuse for modern medicine is Pathetic.
    Perhaps you might find less informed yet opinionated people on scienceschlogs

  • Truth4All

    I am NOT IMPRESSED by your brainwashed indoctrination. You have not read the 2013 IOM Report. When was the last time you FOIA’d any documents. Your blinders are on. You are most likely invested up to your eyeballs in Pharma. I was married to medical. I’ve seen it from the inside. Brandy Vaughn, former Merck executive pharma rep. saw PLENTY during the VIOXX scandal and LEFT because her moral standards could not allow her to do what Merck required of their drug reps, in order to sell a drug like that. THEY’REFELONS. JUST LIKE GLAXO SMITHKLINE, AND ALL THE REST.
    And here is something interesting from the CDC
    https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00046738.htm
    YOUR OUTCOMES DO NOT OUTWEIGH THE RISKS, MR.

  • Nope. Lyons Weiler did not understand the study. Neither do you.

  • Truth4All

    Sounds like you were and still are drug pusher extraordinaire! Way to go!

  • Truth4All

    Oh, that’s right…. Remove my comment and stick a reply in there. Top drawer display of corruption.

  • tomonthebay

    I helped sick people. I am quit proud of my career. It was a great way to serve the public and an extremely honorable way of making a living.

  • Truth4All

    Your drugs carry black box warning labels, Your drugs TEAR UP PEOPLES GUTS. We’ll tie you up and make you listen to all the drug commercials that end in “and even death” ” may cause your organs to attack themselves” or MAY CAUSE CANCER! You do not impress me. Mistakes in prescribing and overdosing of too many drugs with contraindications to each other are being given to unsuspecting people. Pharmacists are some of the most indoctrinated people on the planet. The damage your drugs do to people’s gut are going down in infamy. Even the common side effects constantly mention nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation, and on and on. I’m sorry for anyone who thinks allopathic is the only way, when too many times they have failed over and over.
    Now if you told me you played a role in preventing your people from getting drugs which would have contraindicated with another drug they were already on, I might think differently of you.
    One good pharmacist did that for a friend of mine who had already had swollen lips face and tongue to another drug in the same family, AND THE DOCTOR DIDN’T EVEN CHECK.
    Your drugs are dangerous and every single drug that has ever been PULLED, was approved by the FDA as safe and effective, right?
    VIOXX, VIOXX, VIOXX, VIOXX, AND MURDERING MERCK, LOOK INTO IT.

  • tomonthebay

    I screened for drug interactions and allergies all the time. Part of the job. Drugs have side effects. Show me one that doesn’t and I’ll show you one with no effects. Diseases and chronic conditions have bad effects as well. Those drugs I dispensed saved lives and made lives better.

  • tomonthebay

    roflmao. He is a lying weasel.

  • Truth4All

    You shed attenuated bugs. Dr Judy Mikovits, former GOV Scientist and the team she was on found Vaccine contaminated with carcenogenic retro virus. Dr. Stanley Plotkin, god father if Vaccines HAD TO ADMIT IT IN DEPOSITION FOR A VACCINES INJURY TRIAL. THE ENTIRE DEPOSITION IS ON LINE. Vaccines SHED! THEY DON’T TELL YOU THAT.

  • Truth4All

    Richard Pan, is that you?

  • Truth4All

    TOO MANY DANGEROUS DRUGS ON THE MARKET PERIOD. KNOWING THE ENTIRE LISTS OF CONTRAINDICATIONS, AND EVEN EVEN DEATH. YOU REALLY HAVE SOME NERVE IS ALL I’VE GOT TO SAY. I KNOW PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN SENT TO THE HOSP WITH REACTIONS TO DRUGS. I HAD A GRAND MALL SEIZURE ON MACROBID. AND I DIDN’T EVEN HAVE A BLADDER INFECTION. MISDIAGNOSIS IS RAMPANT. AND SHOTGUN DIAGNOSIS IS RAMPANT. TOO MANY PEOPLE DON’T REPORT DRUG REACTIONS NEITHER DO DOCTORS.
    YOU MAY BE PROUD OF YOUR PROFESSION, BUT DRUGS HAVE REALLY HURT ALOT OF PEOPLE TOO. DOCTORS HAVE PEOPLE ON TOO MANY DRUGS. I NURSED IN LONG TERM CARE.
    I’m glad you’ve been able to save people from prescribed drugs they shouldn’t take that were contraindicated to other drugs they were on.

  • tomonthebay

    You accept the Naturalistic fallacy. Not surprised. I doubt you are an actual nurse.

  • persephone

    I had to look him up.

  • persephone

    *eyeroll*

    You’re going to get measles for sure without the vaccine. Over one in one hundred measles infections result in permanent injury. Over one in a thousand result in death.

    That’s just measles.

    I’m not worrying about most vaccines, because dead viruses can’t be shed.