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Continued Support For Child Immunization From U.S., Partners Critical To Sustaining Progress

“In the last 50 years, immunization has saved the lives of more children than any other medical intervention, reducing child mortality rates by 35 percent in the last two decades alone. Yet, every 20 seconds, a child still dies from a vaccine-preventable disease,” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) writes in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog. “We have an opportunity to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of children across the globe, and the services provided by Shot@Life are a proven tool in that fight,” she continues.

“Vaccines have saved the lives of over 20 million children globally, but continued support from the U.S. and other global players is critical to sustaining this progress,” Shaheen states, adding, “As our economy continues to recover, we must work harder and smarter to make sure that our children continue to have access to quality health care.” She writes, “We know how to save millions of children from completely preventable diseases, and the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life Campaign works with both public and private partners toward that goal by ensuring that children in developing countries receive the vaccines they need,” concluding, “We can’t stop now — continued support from the U.S. and other global players is critical to sustaining this progress” (5/9).