A Small Gift With a Big Impact – Vaccinations

A child in Senegal waits to get a vaccination at a health clinic.Photo: ©2010 David duChemin/World Vision

A child in Senegal waits to get a vaccination at a health clinic.
Photo: ©2010 David duChemin/World Vision

Vaccinations are key to public health. It is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it. The simple act of a vaccine can protect both the person who received it and those with whom he or she comes in contact.

But through the World Vision gift catalog, your gift of $41 can save children’s lives by providing 15 vaccines to protect them from measles, whooping cough, diphtheria, hepatitis, polio, and tetanus.

Millions of children die each year from easily preventable diseases. The report, “Global Routine Vaccination Coverage, 2011,”  published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says “Strengthening routine immunization services, especially in countries with the greatest number of under vaccinated children, should be a global priority.”

Widening vaccination coverage will help achieve the fourth Millennium Development Goal, which aims to reduce mortality of children under 5 by two-thirds by 2015.

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