Vaccination: From Policy Analysis to Personal Practice for a First-Time Mom

A full circle moment: My son receives his rotavirus vaccine. - See more at: http://defeatdd.org/blog/vaccination-policy-analysis-personal-practice-first-time-mom#sthash.jPAg2ACV.dpuf
A full circle moment: My son receives his rotavirus vaccine. – See more at: http://defeatdd.org/blog/vaccination-policy-analysis-personal-practice-first-time-mom#sthash.jPAg2ACV.dpuf

Guest post by Erin Sosne, Policy and Advocacy Officer for the Advocacy and Public Policy Department at PATH. This post originally appeared on DefeatDD.org.

With the measles outbreak dominating the US vaccine-related news (and jeopardizing a trip my two-month old baby and I planned to take to visit family in southern California), I wanted to share some positive news.

Last week, I joined mothers (and fathers) around the world and took my baby boy to receive his first series of childhood vaccines, including the vaccine against rotavirus.  As a person working on vaccine-related policy issues, I awoke with a number of emotions and thoughts running through my head:

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Vaccine Effectiveness – 1980 Through Today

In listening to a talk last week in Atlanta given by Dr. Jacob Kumaresan, the Executive Director, WHO Office at the United Nations in New York, I learned a fascinating statistic about vaccine effectiveness. In 1980 before the mass roll-out of vaccines there was one child death per second from deadly, yet preventable diseases like pneumonia, rotavirus, and measles. By 2000 the death rate was … Continue reading Vaccine Effectiveness – 1980 Through Today

New Partner Announcement – Shot at Life

Did you know 1.7 million children in developing nations will die this year because they don’t have access to life-saving vaccines? How can this be changed, you ask? Lives can be saved by simply administering vaccines to children who are most vulnerable to life-threatening diseases like malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea, and polio. It’s that easy. I am happy to announce that we have partnered with Shot at … Continue reading New Partner Announcement – Shot at Life

Interviewing Peg Willingham, Shot at Life’s Executive Director

In many developing nations children are born with a distinct disadvantage: the risk of dying from pneumonia or diarrhea, the two leading causes of death for children in the third world. If these children are fortunate enough to escape the grip of those two infectious diseases they may come down with malaria or measles, or be crippled by polio. Young lives teeter between life and … Continue reading Interviewing Peg Willingham, Shot at Life’s Executive Director