This post has been weeks in coming. Life is so crazy right now with school, kids, activities, work, writing and seriously all that dang laundry to do. There are days that I’m barely keeping my head above water and I just want to sit under a blanket with my kids while I drink some hot tea and watch a completely mindless movie and just laugh, laugh, laugh.
And that’s when I count my blessings that I have three healthy children to sit with on that cozy and warm couch on a Winter evening.
Did you know that 1 in 5 children around the world does not have access to the vaccines they need to survive. Did you know that around the world, a child dies every 20 seconds from a disease that can be prevented by a vaccine. The number of children dying every year from preventable diseases in developing countries is nearly equivalent to half the children entering kindergarten in the U.S.
So this is why I am humbled, honored and dedicated to work my hardest over the next year and beyond as a volunteer as a Shot@Life Champion to help spread the word about the importance of global vaccinations, and how we all have a role to play to give children around the world a Shot@Life.
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 diseases like measles, pneumonia and polio. For just a few dollars, we can give children around the world a shot at more firsts that we take for granted – first steps, first words, their first day of school.
Together we are building a movement to ensure children have access to life saving vaccines and now your voice(and mine), our time and our support can change a child’s life forever.
I am heading to Washington DC this Sunday to meet with my fellow Shot@Life Champions and the UN Foundation as we advocate for giving children a shot@life on Capitol Hill. You can follow our journey through social media with the hashtag #globalvax and through blog post updates.
Another way to learn more and make an impact is to follow us during February for the Shot@Life 28 Days of Impact . Immunizations help save the lives of 2.5 million children from deadly preventable diseases each year. While these numbers are staggering, it is hard to understand how that impacts our everyday lives. 28 Days of Impact, a month-long celebration of the impact vaccines have on the most vulnerable children and the work being done by our partners to reach the most at-risk and hardest-to reach areas. For each day of this blog series, Shot@Life will share stories about the power of vaccines in helping a child start his life with a healthy future ahead of him and the collective impact that vaccines have on people around the world. We hope the stories we share with you make a mark on your life, and that you use your voice to educate your member of Congress about why investing in vaccines matter.
So, what can you do to right now to make an impact? Tell your member of Congress to make global vaccines a priority in the 113th Congress, so that all children in developing countries have a shot at a healthy life. You can follow and share using #vaximpact.
To learn more and be a child’s shot@life, please visit shotatlife.org.
Thank you so much dear readers for your support for my blog over the last five years. I’m thrilled to focus on an initiative like Shot@Life and use social media for the good of all…and especially for the world’s children.
I’ll have so much to report from Washington next week.