Vaccines adults need ‘to protect themselves’ and to stop spreading illnesses

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Mother’s Day might be awkward for the Kennedy clan this year thanks to an article written by three family members strongly condemning Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s views on vaccines.

“We love Bobby,” Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Joseph P. Kennedy II and Maeve Kennedy McKean, wrote in the Politico article. “However, on vaccines he is wrong.”

They’re right. Robert Kennedy Jr. often shares misinformation about vaccines. But, his family countered, writing:

“Immunizations prevent some 2 million to 3 million deaths a year, and have the potential to save another 1.5 million lives every year with broader vaccine coverage, according to the WHO. Smallpox, which plagued mankind for thousands of years, has been eradicated through vaccines.”

Most vaccination efforts are aimed at protecting children, but adults also need to be immunized to protect against some rough diseases.

“Adults forget about their own health,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Center for Preparedness and Response, told TODAY. “It is important that adults get vaccines to protect themselves. If you are protecting yourself, you can’t pass illness on.”

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