A World War Against Disease

vaccinationIn your time, right now, fewer than ten million children died because of improvements made to their lives in part to the work that the World Health Organization is doing to open access for immunizations. Right now, Polio is very near the brink of being eradicated with Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Nigeria being the four major countries in which it is still prevalent. A well intentioned, poorly funded and nearly unheard war is being waged across the world and the enemy is preventable disease. http://www.who.int

Disease is not someone else’s problem, it is a global problem, a community problem and it can meet you at the door of your home. Diseases can go global much faster than they did in the past and diseases like Cholera which already killed hundreds of thousands of people over nearly one hundred years and eight pandemics is still around today.

Millions of children can be saved if countries continue to strive to achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goal in reducing child mortality by 2015. Vaccine preventable deaths contribute to nearly 1.8 million child deaths each year of children fewer than five years of age. The best way a citizen can help the cause is to become more knowledgeable (http://www.who.int/immunization/newsroom/mdg/en/index.html), get their children vaccinated and spread information about vaccinations across social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter. The more information that goes out into the world about vaccinations, the more informed the people that can help will be.

http://www.who.int/immunization_delivery/vaccines/en/index.html

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