16 Celebs Who Have Been Very Vocal About The Importance Of Vaccinations

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Some pro-vaccine celebrities championed the cause because of personal tragedy.

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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. 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 couldn’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.”

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