Thank you to my husband who shared this article with me. The focus of this piece, written by Bill Gates, is a charity called Shot@Life. This program, created by the United Nations Foundation, provides vaccines to underdeveloped countries. The following excerpt is from their website:
“This year, 1.7 million children will die from diseases that have all but disappeared in the U.S. Why? Because one in five children around the world does not have access to the life-saving immunizations needed to survive.
What’s the solution? It’s simple; vaccines save lives. Millions of children could be spared from measles, pneumonia, diarrhea, polio and other preventable diseases if we could simply get them the vaccines they need. When a child begins life with the protection of vaccines, the door is opened to more developmental firsts — first steps, first words, a first day of school. Immunized children are more likely to celebrate their fifth birthday, do well in school and go on to be productive, healthy adults. Expanding access to vaccines strengthens our ability to fight disease globally and keep our families healthy here at home, while improving economic stability around the world.”
The simple truth is that here in the US we take vaccines for granted. They have all but eradicated many diseases that used to cripple and kill children. This is not a stretch of the truth, this is a fact. I see children who were not old enough to receive a particular vaccine who have been devastated by illness. I have worked with their families to pick up the pieces and care for them with long term disabilities.
Once again I urge you to get your children (and yourself) your shots. We all need to stay healthy!
Here is the article.