Shot@Life Blog Carnival: Social Good

April 27, 2012 BY Elise Glaum

This week, the first ever World Immunization Week, was a week of social good. Over 40 bloggers submitted blog posts to the Shot@Life blog carnival to help educate their readers about the importance of increasing access to life-saving vaccines to save the lives of children around the world! We are so lucky to have change agents like you helping us give every child the shot at life that they deserve. And, we are so lucky that each of you took the time to add "write a blog about Shot@Life" to your to-do lists this week. Our last day of blogs focuses on just that, using your voice to make the world a better place.

Teaching Philanthropy
Growing Muses, Kyla P’an, Senior Editor, World Moms Blog
As a former fundraiser, I have been thinking a lot about how to introduce my kids to philanthropy. How should it happen? And when are kids old enough to grasp the concept of giving back?  In my life before kids, the organizations I worked for helped instill in me a deeper sense of altruism. I gained greater appreciation for the importance of social responsibility, being passionate about  organizations' missions and supporting the greater good. But what about my daughter, what would resonate with her?

United Nations Foundation Launches Shot@Life Campaign with a Heavy Dose of Social Media

GigCoin, Debbie Hemley, Writer
Today the UN Foundation is launching the Shot@life campaign during World Immunization Week, to "educate, connect and empower Americans to save the lives of children in developing countries by supporting global vaccine funding."  Through a well-designed social media campaign, Shot@Life's messages will be communicated from Monday, April 23rd through Friday, April 27th, through an integrated approach that maximizes the benefits of social media. The campaign encourages participants to spend 15 minutes or less each day during World Immunization Week to help spread the word about the importance of global vaccines to give every child a shot at a healthy life.  In this post, we'll take a closer look at the campaign and are pleased also to welcome Elise Glaum, Online Communications Associate at the United Nations Foundation, to GigCoin who has taken time out of her busy schedule in a Q & A.

Give Kids a Shot@Life
just piddlin', Frances Frost
My girls absolutely hate getting their immunization shots and would avoid it if they could, and they do try.  In fact, my youngest doesn't even like getting the FluMist, you know, the little no-pain nasal spray. During one doctor's appointment, B, my middle daughter, actually crawled underneath the examining table, backing into the far corner in an attempt to get out of the doctor's reach. After we finally managed to pull her out, it still took the doctor, a nurse, and myself to hold her still long enough for the injections that would prevent her from getting measles, mumps, rubella, polio, or chicken pox. Her reward was a sticker, a lollipop, and her choice of Dora or Princess band-aids which she gladly accepted for the invasion of her will.

All Children Deserve a Chance to Live a Happy, Healthy Life!
Social Savvy Mom, Tiany Davis
This week, the first-ever World Immunization Week kicks off  with Shot@Life! Shot@Life educates, connects and empowers Americans to champion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries.  Some moms walk 15 miles to reach life-saving vaccines for their children. Please spend 15 minutes or less each day during World Immunization Week to help spread the word about the Shot@Life campaign and the importance of global vaccines to give every child a shot at a healthy life.

Giving Children Around the World a Shot@Life
The Cultured Seed, Rebecca Bernard Aguiar, Chief Cultivator
This year, 1.7 million children will die from preventable diseases like pneumonia, diarrhea, measles and polio. This means that a child will die every 20 seconds. This message is one that we are fairly removed from here in the United States. Our children aren't dying en masse of treatable diseases like diarrhea anymore. We are privileged in that we have vaccines readily available to us and actually get to choose whether or not we want to even give them to our children. In developing countries, however, many families go without this option.

EVERY Child...
The Big Piece of Cake, Kate Coveny Hood
Every child deserves a shot at... Fill in the blank. Or hundreds of blanks. Because every child deserves a shot at living long enough to do so many things. Things that I personally, take for granted. I never questioned that my children would have the opportunity to take their first steps, say their first word, find their first friend, tell their first joke...and yes, discover their first talent. There are too many milestones to list.

Immunizations are a Human Right
The Give a Little Blog, Wendy Smith, Author and Consultant
Did you immunize your children? I did. It was not easy or fun since it felt as though I was hauling twin premie babies to the pediatrician's office every other day. But you know what? All I really had to do was strap them safely into the car seats and drive 2 miles to the doctor's office. Even allowing for doctors running late, the entire affair usually took under an hour. Millions of mothers around the world are not so lucky.

How to Give Children a Shot@Life and a Future
Felisa Hilbert
I woke up this morning with so much excitement and happiness! Today is the beginning of months of preparation and work by the Shot@Life Champions from all over the country and the United Nations Foundations staff for the BIG national launch of the SHOT@LIFE Campaign this April 26 in Atlanta, Georgia. This entire week champions from around the country will be shouting out about Shot@Life, blogging, doing events and fundraisers to spread the word and create awareness and understanding of the importance of vaccines and how they save children's lives.


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