Last week at this time, I was in Washington, DC with a great group of men and women. They call us Champions, Shot@Life Champions that is. We are moms and dads from every walk of life that rally for childhood vaccines. You may ask “Why is this important to me?” Well it should be. In the United States of America, this year, 2014, there has been a measles outbreak in New York City and California. Polio still paralyzes individuals in developing countries and sorry to inform you, but Germs do not carry a passport.
So what does this mean. Every day, a child dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine preventable disease. In countries where vaccines are scarce, women are willing to walk 50 miles with their child on their backs to get needed vaccinations and introduce their child into the medical system where here in the United States, we have people who choose not to vaccinate and roll the dice. No parent should have to bury their child because of polio, pneumonia, or diarrhea in 2014. These are realities for families around the world. So what can you do, contact your Congressman or woman and ask them to support childhood vaccinations on a local and global scale. I know it’s scary. I know that we are terrified of what would happen if children are vaccinated, but I will say, the alternative is scarier, death, paralysis, etc.
If you want to donate or find out how to advocate, go to Shot@Life and check it out! Who knows, next year you may be on your way to Washington to advocate on Capitol Hill.