Mothers in the United States do not have to worry about if their child will be able to receive the necessary vaccines to keep the child alive. In fact, American mothers worry more about if to give their kids vaccines (or at what time and in which combination).
But what if vaccines were not so plentiful? What if insurance companies did not cover the prohibitive costs? What if the majority of the people around the child are not vaccinated themselves?
This is the case in many developing countries around the world, where one in five children lacks access to necessary immunizations that ensure healthy children in the United States.
In fact, 1.7 million children will die this year from diseases that are virtually non-existent in the US. For these children, vaccines are truly life-giving entities.
In order to help these children get the immunizations they need, the United Nations Foundation will launch the Shot@Life campaign during World Immunizations Week, which begins April 22, 2012.
Shot@Life is an initiative to help curb the number of children who die each year from preventable diseases like polio, diarrhea, pneumonia, and measles.
The two biggest killers of children under the age of five, diarrhea and pneumonia, are easily treated in America, but account for more than one-third of childhood deaths worldwide.
The UN Foundation estimates that 75 percent of children who are not vaccinated live in just 10 countries, all on the continents of African and Asia. These countries include India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Indonesia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, China, Uganda, Chat and Kenya.
Children who live in these countries are surrounded by a population that is generally not immunized, so outbreaks of deadly diseases can occur. Without being vaccinated against these diseases, these children are at a high risk of dying.
The Shot@Lifecampaign aims to work with Americans to raise funds and awareness about the issue of childhood vaccinations in developing countries.
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