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. We’re asking you to 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. Click here to learn more about how you can help.
Be sure to join us for the Shot@Life Celebrate Childhood Twitter Party!!
On Thursday, April 26, the Shot@Life campaign will be celebrating its national launch at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, GA. Join the party on Twitter from 9am – 12pm ET via #vaccineswork.
Some wonderful Partners and Champions will be hosting each hour:
9-10 am ET: Learn about vaccines with @shotatlife, @unfoundation, & @amillionmoms
10-11 am ET: How do you get involved in Shot@Life? Champion hour hosted by @shotofprev
11-12 pm ET: Stories from the field hosted by @gatesfoundation
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A new trial has found that pneumococcal vaccine is effective in preventing severe pneumonia, the leading cause of death among children in developing countries. One in five children does not have access to vaccines that prevent deadly diseases, like measles, pneumonia or diarrhea. All of these diseases are easily preventable with immunizations. 2.5 million children, under the age of 5, die every year as the result of infectious diseases. Nintey-nine percent of those children live in developing countries around the world.
As mothers, we all have a common goal. We all want the same things for our children – we all want to protect and nurture our children. The urgency for vaccine development to prevent the spread of numerous infectious diseases in these developing countries can not be emphasized enough.
These vaccines cost very little and they can give children a shot at a healthier, happier life.