I don't like to use scare tactics to convince parents to vaccinate their children, but the experiences I have had working in a hospital are very real, and I have watched children suffer terribly because they weren't immunized.
This disease is rare, but it can potentially take an otherwise-healthy child's life within 24 hours. It is important to know that this disease can be prevented. So I am sure you are reading this and wondering why isn't it prevented?
How do we disrupt the momentum of something so dangerous as the anti-vaxxer movement? We start with the bystanders. We urge them: If you decide to take a stance, make sure you have enough information to stand by it with conviction.
This amazing project saw me travel around the world photographing brave survivors. As a photographer and mother, it was incredibly moving to meet these young people and see firsthand the impact that meningococcal disease has had on their lives.
The World Health Organization has recently announced that over 20 million children need to be vaccinated throughout the Middle East. This complex task, only complicated by the regional strife, stands as the only solution to preventing the spread of this crippling disease.
While there have been significant achievements accomplished in the field of immunization, including by the GAVI Alliance, to bring new vaccines to the poorest countries, persistent gaps have revealed that immunization needs a major booster shot.
Last night in Washington, a group of leaders gathered to talk about something that really matters. Not political gossip, but children. The 18,000 young children who die each day of things we know how to prevent.
The Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas, promoted National Immunization Awareness Month through tragic irony: Twenty-one children and adults connected to the church contracted measles. Church leaders had been advising congregants against vaccination.
The flu vaccine is far from perfect. It can fail to prevent flu and there can be rare complications. But it usually does prevent flu, and complications of the flu itself are more common by literal orders of magnitude.
"Have you gotten your shots? The question is not as bratty as it sounds. There are a handful of places on earth you literally can't visit without getting vaccinated, and a wide array of countries where a few recommended shots could be the difference between a dream vacay and a medevac.
My mother was talking about more than energy level and circadian rhythm. It's also an expression of the belief that the future will be an improvement upon the past. It is about faith, determination and progress.
We must capitalize upon the historic opportunity to eradicate polio. Success will eliminate an ancient scourge - and it will also demonstrate a global commitment to a future where children receive all of the vaccines they need and deserve.