Shot@Life Blog Carnival: Global Vaccines

April 25, 2012 BY Elise Glaum

Every 20 seconds a child dies of a disease that could have been prevented by a vaccine. What is the solution? Increasing access to global vaccines.

2012 has already been an incredibly successful year so far for global vaccines. Just a few months ago, the world celebrated as India marked a major success in its battle against polio by being removed from the World Health Organization's list of countries plagued by the crippling disease. Last month, we watched Africa get us even closer to the goal of eradicating polio by going door-to-door to vaccinate more than 111 million children under the age of five against polio in just four days. And, tomorrow, April 26, Ghana will become the first GAVI-eligible country to rollout two new vaccines at same time against the leading causes of death in children under five – pneumonia and diarrhea.

The momentum around global vaccines continues to grow. Because of this, the 3rd day of the Shot@Life blog carnival focuses on the solution: global vaccines.

Shot@Life: Building a Healthy Foundation for a Child
LaShaun Martin, CEO - Shootie Girl
As a mother of 2 girls, trying to imagine not being able to provide for them is an extremely unsettling thought. Even more concerning is the thought of not having the resources or the choice to provide healthcare for them. Sadly, that is what mothers in developing countries are facing.

Some Moms Walk 15 Miles to Get Their Child Vaccinated
Chrysula, Winegar, When You Wake Up A Mother
A child dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine-preventable disease. That's 1.7 million children each year, or nearly half the number of kindergartners enrolled in American schools this year. Gone. This week is World Immunization Week, and I am painfully aware of this statistic.

Shot@Life! The Importance of Immunizations
Kathy Sykes, Lifestyle Blogger and Pharmacist
I am proud to participate in getting the word out about the importance of immunizations during World Immunization Week April 20th-28th.  Did you know that:  Millions of children are disabled or killed every decade by preventable diseases like pneumonia, diarrhea, measles and polio. Pneumonia and diarrhea are the two biggest killers of children under five, and account for more than one-third of childhood deaths worldwide.  Seventy-five percent of unvaccinated children live in just 10 countries. For children in India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Indonesia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, China, Uganda, Chad and Kenya, access to vaccines mean the difference between life and death, a healthy life or a lifetime of struggle.

Shot@Life DC Launch -- UN Foundation
Real Housewives of Northern Virginia, Andrea Khoury
On Friday night I celebrated the United Nations Foundation's launch of the Shot@Life campaign in DC with a fabulous group of local bloggers at Dolci Gelati. Shot@Life is a movement to protect children worldwide by providing life-saving vaccines where they are most needed. The campaign launched just in time for World Immunization Week - April 21-28. Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease.  What milestone does each child deserve? Riding a bike? Losing a tooth? First day of school? $20 is all it takes to give a child a Shot@Life.  What is dear to me: I think each child deserves a shot at making their first finger painting. Brennan's first finger painting is still hanging on my fridge and I look at it every morning and remember how lucky I am to have a sweet, happy, and healthy little lovebunnie.

Shot@Life Campaign: Stop Children from Dying of Preventable Diseases
Maria Smith, Freelance Writer,
Mothers in the United States do not have to worry about if their child will be able to receive the necessary vaccines to keep the child alive. In fact, American mothers worry more about if to give their kids vaccines (or at what time and in which combination). But what if vaccines were not so plentiful? What if insurance companies did not cover the prohibitive costs? What if the majority of the people around the child are not vaccinated themselves?

Vaccine-preventable measles at a 15 year high in the US
Maria Smith, Freelance Writer,
The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control stunned many parents with the release of a recent report that found measles, a disease many thought was eradicated, is now at a 15 year high in the US.  In 2011, there were 222 cases of the highly infectious, vaccine-preventable disease, and 17 outbreaks.  This is nearly quadruple the typical number of cases in the US, 90 percent of which could be traced back to countries with low immunization rates.  The cases were found in 31 states.


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