Support Every Child By Two’s Mission to End Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

November 28, 2014 1 comment

Every Child By Two (ECBT) is truly grateful for your ongoing support and partnership over the past several decades. We remain in awe of families who have lost children to vaccine-preventable diseases and yet continue to speak out in an effort to save the lives of other children. As 2015 approaches, we’re committed to working our hardest to ensure that other families do not suffer the loss of a single child.
Your gift to Every Child by Two will fund our ongoing efforts to educate the public about the dangers of vaccine-preventable diseases and the critical importance of following the recommended immunization schedule so that children are immunized on time, every time, against diseases. All donations are tax-deductible and any amount, big or small, would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like to make a contribution to support the critical work of Every Child By Two there are many ways to do so:

Shop on Amazon

When you shop at Amazon this holiday season, go to AmazonSmile.com instead of the regular Amazon.com. Just designate Every Child By Two as your charitable organization of choice and .5% of your purchase amount will automatically be donated to our organization, at no added cost to you.  From that point on, every purchase you make through AmazonSmile throughout the year, whether it’s holiday gifts, household necessities, or those special little luxuries, will help our mission.

Make a Donation through Crowdrise

A grassroots effort has been initiated by Stephan N., of “Shill Army” and the We Love GMO’s and Vaccines Facebook page, to help raise money to support Every Child By Two (ECBT). The campaign is being facilitated through Crowdrise via the social media group dubbed “Shill Army,” whose mission it is to “take on pseudoscience fear-mongerers via social media”. Please be assured that any donation given to ECBT via Crowdrise will be directly credited to ECBT’s account.

Donate by Credit Card or PayPal

Click here to make a secured contribution to ECBT by either credit card or your personal PayPal account.

Donate by Check

By following this link you can download and print out our contribution form, which you can then mail to us with your check.

Designate Every Child By Two on Your United Way Contribution Form

If you participate in your local United Way Campaign you can designate Every Child By Two for your donation. Simply put in our name and our IRS Employee Identification Number (52-2165100), and your local United Way should take care of making your donation to us on your behalf.

Participate in Your Employer’s Matching Gift Program

Your employer may be willing to match your gift to Every Child By Two if you simply ask. This usually requires that you request, complete and submit a matching gift form from your employer’s human resources department.  Many companies will make a 1 to 1 gift match, doubling your donation to Every Child By Two.

Include Every Child By Two in Your Estate Planning

Many of you have given repeatedly during your lifetimes, making regular and generous gifts to Every Child By Two. But have you considered the possibility of including Every Child By Two in your estate planning? Remembering us in your will or other estate plan will help to ensure your continued support of Every Child By Two and the work that we do. It will allow you to preserve and pass on your belief in the value of vaccines and the work that Every Child By Two conducts to assure that all children will be immunized on time, every time.

Together WE can make a difference and YOU can help save lives!

Please join Every Child By Two in our efforts to ensure that all children and their families receive timely immunizations.

Help in the Fight Against Disease While Shopping This Holiday Season

November 26, 2014 1 comment

What if the money you spent on gifts this holiday season could help protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases?

UnknownWell, now it can!  Throughout the holiday season and beyond, you can show your support for Every Child By Two just by shopping online.  Just make your purchases through AmazonSmile, and Every Child By Two will receive 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases as a charitable donation.

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you may already know with the same products, the same prices and the same service.  The only difference is that when you use AmazonSmile, you can feel good knowing that you’re supporting Every Child By Two and our mission to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Simply visit AmazonSmile, make a few clicks to designate Every Child By Two as your charitable organization of choice and the donations will be made automatically, at no added cost to you!  From that point on, every purchase you make through AmazonSmile – whether it’s holiday gifts, household necessities, or those special little luxuries –  will help our mission.   

For nearly 25 years, Every Child by Two has been a credible resource for science-based information about vaccines. Together – along with our co-founders, advocates and supporters – we have accomplished so much, but there is still much to be done.

Visit the Every Child By Two website to learn more about about how your donations will support our continued efforts to protect children and their families from deadly vaccine-preventable diseases.

Start shopping TODAY and help us spread the word!

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The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: What Does the AP Report Really Show?

November 25, 2014 4 comments

This guest post has been written by Dr. Dorit Reiss, Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of  the Law in San Francisco, CA.   Dr. Reiss contributes to various articles, blogs and law journals, utilizing her legal expertise to examine the social policies of immunization.

Side-Nav-one-third-VICPThis post responds to two articles. First, it addresses claims made in an article about the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) which was created in 1986 by Congress through the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Act.  The VICP is a no-fault alternative to the tort system designed to compensate those who claim they were injured by a vaccine.  The article draws on an Associated Press report which claims that the program is causing harm to Americans:  “[a] system intended to speed help to vaccine-injured Americans has instead heaped additional suffering on thousands of families.” This article itself highlights some important problems with the program, though its framing undervalues some of the program’s most important and claimant-friendly benefits – coverage of lawyer fees and lax evidentiary standards.

Worse, however, in an article dated November 18, 2014, The Northwestern used the story of Jeffrey McCord, a young man compensated by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) to suggest that petitioners to the program are abused by government lawyers. This latter story is much more misleading due to its inherent inaccuracies and lack of evidence-based support to the claim that the system is problematic.  Although there may certainly be things to improve about the program, they are not necessarily the issues highlighted in the article. The title claims that the court “keeps claimants waiting,” however, the reason for the program’s delays are not necessarily the fault of the defendants. In addition, Jeffrey McCord’s case is a poor example of a problem with the system.

I do not have the AP report (though I have recently received, and will address, a report about VICP from the Government Accountability Office, GAO; but AP claims to have their own report). I can therefore only respond to the stories’ depiction of it. I will address each of the criticisms in the report, and then rebut the inaccuracies from the Northwestern story: the problems with the McCord case, and the misuse of cases not compensated for autism.

The AP Reports Points, One By One

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Grassroots Fundraising Campaign Aims To Support Every Child By Two

November 20, 2014 Leave a comment

Written by Amy Pisani, ECBT Executive DirectorECBT Logo

Every Child By Two (ECBT) is thrilled to announce that a grassroots effort was recently launched to raise $10,000 in support of our ambitious mission to save the lives of children from vaccine-preventable diseases. Stephan N. of the We Love GMOs and Vaccines Facebook page created this Crowdrise fundraiser to help continue our critical work of sharing scientifically accurate information on the safety and necessity of life-saving vaccines with the public.

Please visit Crowdrise today to make a tax-deductible donation directly to Every Child By Two.  All donations made by December 31st will be DOUBLED by Every Child By Two Board Member Dr. Paul Offit (up to $10,000)!

Since Every Child By Two’s arrival on the social media scene back in 2008, we have been working to raise awareness of the need for timely immunizations through our Shot of Prevention blog, Vaccinate Your Baby Facebook page, and @ShotofPrev and @EveryChildByTwo Twitter feeds. ECBT continues to lead the way as one of the largest online sources of pro-vaccine information with nearly  seven million Facebook and Shot of Prevention blog views each year.

The successes we’ve seen are not just in the numbers of followers we have, but also in what our work has done to inspire others.  There are now dozens of pro-vaccine groups in existence throughout the world who share in our mission.   Our organization devotes a great deal of time sharing evidence-based vaccine information with our social media networks, which is used to educate individuals worldwide.  We hope that you will consider making a donation today to allow us to continue these efforts.

Beyond our social media endeavors, Every Child By Two has played an integral role over the past several decades in helping to set the standards for childhood immunization in America.  Our organization was founded by Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and Former First Lady of Arkansas Betty Bumpers in 1991 as a response to a U.S. measles epidemic, which hospitalized and claimed the lives of many children.   Through nearly 25 years of service, Every Child By Two staff and cofounders have: 

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  • Visited every state in the U.S. to raise awareness about the critical importance of timely vaccinations; alert governors, mayors and community leaders about barriers to immunizations; and develop local and state immunization coalitions which continue to thrive today.
  • Helped to set and implement state and federal immunization policies that have had lasting impact on the health of our nation’s children.
  • Fought to establish the passage of laws mandating school-age vaccination requirements in nearly every state during the Carter Administration.
  • Helped implement and support the regular screening of vaccine records for the 50% of U.S. children and pregnant women served by USDA’s WIC program.
  • Served as a critical resource to local and national media reporting on vaccine-related issues, which has resulted in the proliferation of pro-science stories in both print and television.
  • Developed a number of public education campaigns including the Vaccinate Your Baby (VYB) initiative and the Immunize On Time, Every Time program.

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  • Educated healthcare providers and vaccine advocates about best practices and shared valuable resources for local dissemination.
  • Conducted regular briefings for federal legislators to ensure that public health policies and laws are based on sound scientific evidence and that the CDC and health departments are properly funded each year.

Every Child by Two has developed many successful strategies to ensure that every child in our nation is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases; however, there is still much to be done.  As long as a single person continues to fall victim to a vaccine-preventable disease, our work is not complete.

Visit the Every Child By Two website to learn more about our work. Please know that your donation will support our continued efforts to protect children and their families from deadly vaccine-preventable diseases.  

CDC Experts Address Flu Questions on Vaccinate Your Baby Facebook Forum

November 16, 2014 58 comments

FluEveryone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. This recommendation has been in place since 2010 when CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for “universal” flu vaccination to expand protection against the flu to more people.  Since then flu vaccination rates have been gradually increasing, with the 20013-2014 season resulting in 46.2% off all people 6 months of age and older getting vaccinated.

While these rising rates are encouraging, there is room for improvement.  Last year, more than 105 flu-related deaths were reported among children, and nearly 60% of the flu-associated hospitalizations reported to the CDC’s influenza surveillance system were in people 18 to 64 years old.  Statistics like these serve as a constant reminder that the flu can be a very serious disease for anyone, including previously healthy adults and children.

This year we hope to do better.  If more people received their yearly flu vaccine, we could help reduce transmission of the virus and in turn prevent a great deal of loss and suffering.

To help educate the public about flu, the Vaccinate Your Baby Facebook page will be hosting a three-day flu forum to include CDC influenza experts.

VaxYourBaby Cover Photo - No KnockoutEach day we will focus on a different flu related topic. We’ll discuss ways to help protect expectant women and infants too young to receive their own influenza vaccination.  We’ll also discuss various chronic conditions that can cause flu complications and make existing health conditions worse.  And we’ll even discuss the steps you can take to fight flu each season.

  • Log onto Facebook Tuesday, Nov. 18th through Thursday, Nov. 20th.

  • “Like” and “Follow” the “Vaccinate Your Baby Facebook” page.

    (To follow the page, click on the grey “Follow” tab in the lower right corner of the Vaccinate Your Baby cover image.  This will help ensure that the status updates  are delivered directly to your Facebook news feed.)

  • Post a question under the flu status updates and a CDC influenza expert will provide a response which will post as a reply comment on the page within 24 hours.

We hope you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to get all your flu questions answered!

For more updates throughout the 2014-2015 influenza season, subscribe to Shot of Prevention (a CDC Digital Flu Ambassador), and follow @ShotofPrev and @CDCFlu on Twitter.

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Help Stop Pneumonia, the Leading Infectious Killer of Children

November 12, 2014 5 comments

Every 20 seconds a child dies from pneumonia.

This is the tragic reality we face, despite the fact that pneumonia is one of the most solvable problems in global health today.  As we mark World Pneumonia Day each year on November 12th, we commit ourselves to raising awareness about pneumonia’s toll and promoting interventions that can protect against, treat, and prevent the disease.  Today I ask you to support the Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia in their fight against the world’s leading killer of children under age five.   Please help share key facts about pneumonia and ask others to take simple actions that can help combat pneumonia worldwide.

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Pneumonia is the leading infectious killer of children under five years old.

In 2013 alone, more than 900,000 children died from pneumonia, accounting for 15% of mortality worldwide in those under five years of age, and children in poor and rural communities are most affected.

Pneumonia creates an economic burden for families, communities, and governments.

Preventing pneumonia not only saves money that is spent on treatment, but it also allows children to become healthy, productive adults. The fact is that scaling up coverage of vaccines against Hib and pneumococcus in the world’s 73 poorest countries (2011-2020) would avert $51 billion dollars in treatment costs and productivity losses. This increase in vaccine coverage would also save 2.9 million lives and prevent 52 million cases of illness.

Ways We Can Protect Against, Prevent and Treat Pneumonia

To advance progress, we must continue to scale up interventions that we know will save children’s lives, including continued access to vaccines, proper antibiotic treatment, improved sanitation, as well as the promotion of practices such as breastfeeding, frequent hand washing, care seeking, and the use of clean cookstoves to reduce indoor air pollution.

Vaccines against pneumococcus, Hib, pertussis, and measles can prevent a significant portion of pneumonia cases from ever occurring.  Meanwhile, other preventative strategies include zinc supplementation for children with diarrhea, prevention of HIV infection in children & antibiotic prophylaxis for HIV-infected children.  Additionally, we need to improve access to services and ensure effective and integrated case management strategies that provide children with proper and timely treatment.  For instance, antibiotics, such as amoxicillin, can prevent the majority of pneumonia deaths, and cost only about $US 0.21-0.42 per treatment course. Read more…

Dr. Harrison Explains Why Lyn Redwood of SafeMinds is Wrong About Genetic Research and Autism

November 5, 2014 210 comments

journalsEvery Child By Two is pleased to launch our new Expert Commentary Series which will be referenced here on Shot of Prevention with links to the in-depth articles that will be permanently housed on the Every Child By Two website. This series will feature guest writer Joel A. Harrison, PhD, MPH, a retired epidemiologist who has worked in the areas of preventive medicine, infectious diseases, medical outcomes research, and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.  Dr. Harrison has been closely following what he describes as “the so-called vaccine controversy,” and is eager to volunteer his time to provide his expert analysis of a variety of articles, research papers and books in order to systematically debunk the false claims made about the safety of vaccines.

Dr. Harrison’s passionate desire to combat false vaccine information is evident in his introductory bio and mission statement:

“Outbreaks of totally unnecessary vaccine-preventable diseases have been occurring as a consequence of misinformation and disinformation from anti-vaccine advocates who don’t understand science, don’t apply critical thinking, display poor scholarship….

I decided to devote time combating the misinformation and disinformation of the anti-vaccinationist by showing the level of poor scholarship, irrational, unscientific, and sometimes even lacking common sense claims made by anti-vaccinationists. My approach is quite simple. I will use accurate direct quotes from their articles and show, using accurate direct quotes from other articles and documents, together with clear explanations of scientific method, etc. that they literally don’t know what they are talking about. Each of my articles will contain detailed footnotes, including page numbers, and references with the URL/hyperlink to any papers available on the web.”

The idea for this new Expert Commentary Series was inspired by one of Dr. Harrison’s previous articles which was printed in The Open Vaccine Journal and featured here on the Shot of Prevention blog on May 16, 2014.  This article systematically debunked the claims regarding the dangers of vaccines made by Andrew Wakefield in his book “Callous Disregard.”

Today’s submission, written exclusively for Every Child By Two, is a review of Lyn Redwood’s ArticleScience as a Means of Social Controlposted by SafeMinds on August 23, 2013.  In his article, Dr. Harrison counters a series of arguments made by Lyn Redwood regarding genetic research and autism.  Redwood’s piece echoes the sentiments of another article she located on the internet which she believed validated her instincts that “science is being used as a means of exonerating industry and/or government for culpability by blaming the individual for having the poor luck of bad genetics.”  Dr. Harrison’s critique of Redwood’s premise is both thorough and quite insightful.

We are pleased to present this article, Wrong About Genetic Research & Autism, Lyn Redwood’s “Science as a Means of Social Control” as the latest piece in our Expert Commentary Series and we look forward to future articles by Dr. Harrison.

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