These are my “babies” graduating from 8th grade last year. They were born prematurely and as babies were so prone to getting sick I don’t know how they would have survived measles! Rotavirus made them so sick, I nearly took them to the hospital. Ditto 2 rounds w/pneumonia. Today, kids don’t need to suffer from rotavirus or pneumonia! I want every parent’s child safe from the deadly 4: polio, measles, pneumonia and rotavirus.
Sadly 1 child dies every 20 seconds from one of these four entirely preventable diseases.
That’s 1.5 million kids every year, or half of all the kids who enter kindergarten each year in the US!
1 in every 5 kids around the world lacks access to these critical vaccines.
Please help them get a Shot@Life!
It’s so easy! Just sign the pledge that will urge Congress to maintain funding to vaccinate kids in developing countries OR donate to vaccinate a kid or several!
It’s just $20 for each child. That’s a $20 well-spent, don’t you think?
DID YOU IMMUNIZE YOUR CHILD(REN)?
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. My children’s right to be immunized was never a question. I took for granted both the opportunity and access to immunize my babies. I made the routine trips without ever thinking how lucky I was that my precious babies were going to be safe from some of the most common and deadly diseases that still pervade so many areas around the world.
I took for granted what all parents want for their children: for them to be well. All of a child’s opportunities in life rely first on his or her being well enough to pursue them.
SHOT@LIFE and WORLD IMMUNIZATION WEEK
April 21-27, 2012 is World Immunization Week. The World Health Organization says it “is an opportunity to underscore the importance of immunization in saving lives and to encourage families to vaccinate their children against deadly diseases.”
The United Nations Foundation has embraced this mission and is building a grassroots campaign that will accomplish two important goals:
1) Raise awareness of the need to immunize children in developing countries
2) Raise funds to help immunize millions of kids against polio, rotavirus (which causes deadly diarrhea), measles and peuemonia.
WHY IMMUNIZE KIDS THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY?
In addition to the fact that access to vaccines that protect against entirely preventable diseases is a human right, there is another important reason to support immunizing poor kids.
It may not be obvious, but immunizing children in poor countries creates rippling effects that reach every one of us right here in the developed world. It goes like this:
Immunize children = rates of child sickness and mortality decline = lower birth rates = mothers better able to work + lower medical costs to treat illnesses that create debt and deplete family resources + children more likely to attend school regularly = family incomes increase = community prosperity increases = civil conflicts caused by the desperation of poverty decline = more peaceful communities, nations and world.
This is the truth. Many economists, sociologists and policy makers agree that investing in children’s health in developing countries is an investment in national security.
YOU CAN HELP and IT’S INSANELY EASY!
You can help get kids immunized by doing any or all of the following 3 things:
1) Sign the Shot@Life pledge that urges the U.S. Congress to maintain funding in the federal budget that gets kids immunized.
2) Donate $20 and protect a child against polio, rotavirus, measles and pneumonia!
3) Spread the word to your friends, family and colleagues about the Shot@Life campaign.
THIS is an INDISPUTABLE OPPORTUNITY to CHANGE the WORLD – and WE NEED YOU to MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Just a few minutes and/or a few dollars to give a kid a Shot@Life will do a world of good.
Give a Kid a Shot for My Birthday!
I need your help to immunize 1 child for every candle on my birthday cake!
48 candles = two full classrooms of kids who stayed healthy enough
to make it to kindergarten.
A $20 donation on my CrowdRise fundraising page
If you have kids, you probably remember the seemingly endless stream of visits to the pediatrician’s office for the next round of vaccines in that first year.
I remember one appointment when my itty bitty twin baby girls each got 3 shots!!
Oh, the fussing, the crying, the squirming – and that was just ME! Fortunately, daddy had a stronger constitution for these things. Still, I knew we were lucky to suffer through those trips to the doctor.
I’m backing the UN Foundation’s new campaign Shot@Life.
The campaign aims to immunize children in developing countries against 4 of the most common and deadly childhood diseases: polio, rotavirus, pneumonia and measles.
I am thankful every single day that my beautiful girls made it through their early childhood safe from diseases that used to cause grave illnesses and deaths not so long ago in the U.S and other developed countries.
Unfortunately, in many developing areas of the world, children and their parents are not so lucky. Together, polio, measles, pneumonia and rotavirus (which can cause life-threatening diarrhea) are still taking cutting short precious children’s lives -
at the rate of 1 child every 20 seconds.
This is a devastating fact on many levels. Parents lose precious children who didn’t get the shot they deserved to reach milestones our children passed through joyfully and safely.
Why immunize kids in developing countries?
A child’s death takes a terrible economic toll on families. Some who had made it out of extreme poverty lapse back in because of medical bills they cannot pay.
This economic toll is destabilizing to communities and ultimately nations. As a matter of fact, immunizing children in developing countries is ONE OF THE MOST COST-EFFECTIVE WAYS TO ACHIEVE A MORE PEACEFUL WORLD.
It is also an extremely effective way to help families life themselves out of poverty. Healthy children can go to school and their parents can go to work. It makes a tremendous difference to the wellbeing of the family and their prospects for prosperity.
And in the end, every precious child deserves a shot at a healthy life, don’t you think?
Hugs and happiness!
YOU can help protect children
from 4 of the most common and deadly
I am proud to say that I am a champion for the U.N. Foundation’s new campaign Shot@Life, which will immunize children in developing areas against pneumonia, rotavirus, measles and polio.
Together, these diseases cause 1 child to die every 20 seconds.
Today, 1 in 5 children around the world lacks the immunizations they need to be safe and stay well. The Shot@Life campaign will address this tragedy through its 3 aims:
engage Americans in supporting continued federal funding for immunization efforts overseas
spread the word about the importance of the Shot@Life campaign and rally others to the cause
raise funds to get additional children immunized
Immunizing children in developing areas of the world is one of the most cost-effective ways to address extreme poverty and improve peace around the world. Here’s how it works.
When an immunized children get sick with one of the Big Four deadliest childhood diseases
rotavirus (which causes life-threatening diarrhea)
parents are prevented from working or conducting other important household activities often leading to loss of income. →
Families with sick children incur medical costs they are often unable to pay. Sometimes, they are unable to obtain medical care at all and children’s illnesses linger or result in deaths.→
Sick children miss school – causing them to fall behind and sometimes even drop out because medical bills mean parents can no longer afford to send them to school.→
Medical bills and loss of wages mean families’ economic status weakens as does the health of other family members because they have less income to acquire healthy foods to eat.→
Economically stressed families sometimes become desperate for relief from their circumstances and are vulnerable to participating in movements causing civil unrest and even civil war.→
Civil wars can destabilize international markets, results in thousands of local deaths and often require intervention by developed nations.
This is not an exaggeration of what happens when children get sick from preventable diseases. These diseases ravage children, families, entire communities and ultimately nations.
The amazing news is that we KNOW HOW TO STOP THIS VICIOUS CYCLE!
YOU can play a HUGE role in this campaign by
doing one or all of several things!
First, please sign the Shot@Life pledge, which demonstrates your support to our government for continuing to fund the immunization of children in developing areas.
Next, you can spread the word to your friends, family and colleagues to join the campaign to get kids immunized! Every single voice will count in making this campaign successful!
Finally, you can make a direct contribution or hold a Shot@Life fundraising event to insure that children receive the critical vaccines. Just $20 gets 1 child fully immunized.
And if all of the above doesn’t make you want to support the cause immediately, did it for this little guy, who deserves a shot at a healthy life.
It Couldn’t Be Done by Edgar Guest
Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.
Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it”;
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.
There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.
From Wikipedia: Edgar Albert Guest (August 20, 1881, Birmingham, England – August 5, 1959, Detroit, Michigan) (aka Eddie Guest) was a prolific English-born American poet who was popular in the first half of the 20th century and became known as the People’s Poet.
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