Elmo Gets a Lesson In Vaccinations

ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Updated
Mar 2017
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Photo: US Department of Health and Human Services

Thanks to Sesame Street, the newest vaccination message is irrefutably adorable.

Elmo teamed up with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy for a lesson in immunizations. The video, produced by the Daily Dot and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, features Dr. Murthy educating Elmo on the importance of vaccines.

Murthy describes how vaccines work, comparing their preventative and protective measures to an umbrella or a helmet.Elmo breaks into the chorus of “Shake it Off” to distract himself and doesn’t even realize the shot was administered.

“Why doesn’t everybody get a vaccination?” Elmo asks when he realizes it doesn’t hurt. “That’s a good question, Elmo,” Murthy answers. “That’s a good question.”

Not exactly subtle. But hey, it is National Infant Immunization Week.

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