Thank you for your suport! I will take your generous spirit with me as I walk.
The value of vaccines goes far beyond the prevention of illness and disease. Good health opens doors to educational attainment, gender equity, and social and economic prosperity. It is one of the greatest investments that we can make in the health of a community.
We are celebrating Vaccine Ambassadors' 5th-year Anniversary with a 5K run. I'm walking 1000 kilometers instead. $5/kilometer.
Contributions from this event will be used to provide the pentavalent vaccine to infants in Venezuela. This vaccine protects against 5 different diseases in 1 injection.
Each year, 1.5 million children don't live to see their 5th birthday due to vaccine-preventable diseases. That is a loss of life every 20 seconds.
This pandemic has served to remind us of the power that vaccines have to prevent illness and save lives. Vaccines protect individuals, communities, and the healthcare systems struggling to meet the demands of this public health crises.
The World Health Organization estimates that more than 80 million infants are at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases due to disruptions in immunization services from COVID-19. Now more than ever, we need to protect children and families from the diseases that we can prevent.
*based on the series of 3 pentavalent vaccines diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and one additional DPT vaccine- estimated cost.