Watch: Surgeon General Tells Elmo to Get Vaccinated

April 19, 2015 8:27 PM

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Watch: Surgeon General Tells Elmo to Get Vaccinated

Newly appointed Surgeon General Vivek Murthy teamed up with Elmo to promote vaccines amid concern from the Department of Health and Human Services that declining vaccination rates across the country could lead to the resurgence of preventable diseases. HHS released a 30-second video in which Murthy tells Elmo to get vaccinated. “It’s my job to help everyone stay health,” Murthy tells Elmo, who then wonders: “Can Elmo help too?” At which point Murthy tells him that the way to help is to “get all your vaccinations on time” and get all his Sesame Street buddies to get vaccinated as well.

The more entertaining video though is a longer one produced by the Daily Dot that appears to be more directly targeted at anti-vaccination advocates “I was worried about getting a shot,” Elmo says and wonders why he even needs vaccines anyway. “Let me ask you this: do you carry an umbrella when it r...

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