Amy Pisani is the Executive Director of Every Child by Two, which is a non-profit focusing on child health advocacy by providing education on the importance of vaccines. She has provided us a comprehensive list of resources you can refer to regarding vaccine safety. Click on the link below to open up the PDF document. And, thanks Amy!
The Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC) launched a new blog today called Team Vaccine. The Team Vaccine blog will feature posts from doctors, nurses, parents, researchers, advocates and community members who are passionate about immunization and protecting kids from vaccine-preventable disease. Today I was fortunate to be the first post. Read my story.
Jen with twin daughters, Mary and Emma
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. A
national call to action for this global cause, the campaign rallies the American public,
members of Congress, and civil society partners around the fact that together, we can
save a child’s life every 20 seconds by expanding access to vaccines. By encouraging
Americans to learn about, advocate for, and donate vaccines, the United Nations
Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign will decrease vaccine-preventable childhood deaths
and give children a shot at a healthy life. To learn more, go to ShotatLife.org.
Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective ways to save and improve the lives of
children. Without vaccines, children have no protection against deadly and disabling
diseases like measles, pneumonia, diarrhea and polio. With vaccines, children can
reach important life milestones that Americans routinely celebrate.
For just a few dollars, we can give children around the world a shot at more firsts.
When children begin life with the protection of vaccines, we open the door for their
growth and development—their first steps, their first words, their first day of school.
Immunized children are more likely to celebrate birthdays, attend school and go on to
be productive, healthy adults.
Vaccination efforts have already made a difference. The Measles Initiative has
vaccinated one billion children in 60 developing countries since 2001, decreasing
world measles deaths by 74 percent. The world is 99 percent polio-free, and polio
eradication is within reach.
EVERY CHILD DESERVES A SHOT AT A HEALTHY LIFE, NO MATTER
WHERE THEY LIVE
Seventy percent of all unvaccinated children live in just 10 developing countries.
These children may seem a world away, but they aren’t much different than the
children in our own lives. By giving them access to vaccines, we can help give them
the shot at life that every child deserves.
Together, we are building a movement to help ensure children have access to
life-saving vaccines. Our partners are already hard at work, advocating for and
delivering these vaccines where they are needed the most.
Your voice, your time and your support can change a child’s life forever.
To learn more and be a child’s shot@life, go to ShotatLife.org.
The campaign has partnered with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation, Every Child By Two, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Global Poverty
Project, Lions Clubs International, Mocha Moms, Real Simple Magazine and Rotary International to
broaden American support for immunizations against diseases like pneumonia, diarrhea, measles and polio
to children in developing countries. Together, these partners are working with Shot@Life to benefit the GAVI
Alliance, UNICEF and the World Health Organization who are already saving lives and improving the health
of millions of children around the world every day.
I love feel-good stories. If you do too, you’ll really love this story. A few months ago our family received a sweet email from a young boy who asked if it was okay if he collected books for Mary’s Books. This elementary school boy was working on earning his Black Belt and participating in a service project within the community is part of earning this belt. We were of course thrilled to have someone so young be interested in collecting books for other kids. His goal was to collect 25 books but he ended up collecting over 200 books! This young man, put down his video games, turned off the TV and went out to do something special for kids his own age, kids he doesn’t know and will never meet. We are so proud of him and honored to have him be part of Mary’s Books and be part of something so beautiful. Don’t you feel good now?