16 Celebs Who Have Been Very Vocal About The Importance Of Vaccinations
Some pro-vaccine celebrities championed the cause because of personal tragedy.
Roald Dahl gave us some of the most delightful books in the history of literature. But his own personal pain turned him into a vaccine advocate. In 1962, he lost his beloved daughter Olivia to measles encephalitis. He dedicated two books to her memory, and wrote a heartbreaking essay about her death where he said it was “almost a crime to allow your child to go unimmunised”.
“Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years old. As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her often in bed and not feeling particularly alarmed about it.Â Then one morning, when she was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting on her bed showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldnâ€™t do anything. ‘Are you feeling all right?’ I asked her. ‘I feel all sleepy,’ she said. In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead.”