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One Shot Means One Big Shout Out for Global Vaccines

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  And when I think of all the images I’ve seen of children suffering from diseases all over the world I know it’s true.

One simple photograph can depict the terrible pain that a sick child has to endure.  One glance and we feel the sorrow, fear and frustration of those who are impacted by disease.   One picture illustrates that one child suffering is one too many.  And now, one photo – your photo – has the potential to show your support for global vaccines.

With World Immunization Week only a month away, plans are being made for the Global Vaccine Summit which will be hosted by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and co-hosted by Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  To show the world that everyday, ordinary people care about global vaccines, Shot@Life is preparing a one-of-a-kind video to be shared at this year’s summit and we want you to be a part of that message.

One of the many Shot@Life Champions showing support for global vaccines.

One of the many Shot@Life Champions showing her support for global vaccines.

To help encourage world leaders to continue to fund global vaccines, all we ask is that you snap a photo!  Just take a picture of yourself holding up a sign saying, “Vaccines Save Lives”.  Then email your photo to champions@shotatlife.org with the subject title “GVS Picture,” no later than March 29th, 2013, and your photo will be included in a special Shot@Life video to be shared at the summit.   The signs do not have to be fancy and can be of any size, but feel free to be creative!  While you’re at it, share your photo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to encourage others to get involved as well.  Just add the message, “I’m speaking out in support of global vaccines and you can to,”  then link to this post or the Shot@Life blog for more details.Fortunately, immunization access is a very limited problem in the United States.  However, we must acknowledge that immunizations only reach about 80% of the world’s children, and at least 23 million children miss their immunizations each year because they lack access to life-saving vaccines. The upcoming Global Vaccine Summit, organized by UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the GAVI Alliance, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will help ensure that we do everything we can possibly do to ensure that all children have access to critical vaccines.As a Shot@Life champion, I’ve realized that I not only have a voice, but I have a responsibility to use it for social good.  I’ve also learned that when my voice is joined with the thousands of others who care about global vaccines it becomes too loud to ignore.  Let your voice be heard and send us a photograph today.  Let’s do whatever we can to improve global vaccine access and give children everywhere a shot at a healthy life.

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