Immunizations are a Human Right – Every Kid Deserves a Shot@Life
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.