So I have found a solution to the vaccination debate!
I find it interesting how my recent post on bullying has somehow thrown me into this topic of vaccination. I became curious and over the last few days I have read information on both sides of the vaccination debate. Here are some things I’ve determined:
– vaccinations can help prevent contracting terrible diseases
– the pro-vaccination people are not going to convince everyone that vaccination is the way to go. That’s just reality. Just like I can’t convince everyone that skydiving is a bad idea and they could die from it. Or that chocolate and peanut butter is the best combination ever invented. It’s just impossible to get 100% of the people on board with something, be it an important topic or a trivial one.
– fortunately, most children are immunized in North America (World Health Organization, WHO statistics)
– the bigger problem lies in poorer countries where people don’t have access to vaccines. And that remains a problem for everyone because of the ease of travel. A non-vax traveller (or even a vaccinated traveller) can contract a disease in a higher risk country and bring it back to their home country.
– posting articles or voicing opinions is a passive approach to this important topic. It won’t stop a child from dying from a preventable disease.
So, here is my solution and a Call for Action:
You want more children to be vaccinated? Don’t just talk about it. Do something. The majority of children that are not immunized live in poor countries. These countries need help to get them vaccinated. Help them. The more children that get vaccinated, the larger the herd, the less deaths there will be. Don’t focus your energy on the small few who have the means to vaccinate but choose not to. Focus on the largest groups that want to be vaccinated but can’t. Actions speak louder than words.
And I even did some research to make it easy for you to help get a child vaccinated:
Take a look at the Vaccine Delivery Strategy of the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation. Among many other organizations that the foundation works with and provides grants to, it is the partnership they have with GAVI Alliance that allows them to collaborate and reach their common goal of vaccinating all the children in the world. Donate Here.
Make a difference. Donate. Get a child vaccinated. You actually have the ability to do it. Imagine that! If those children had a dollar for every time someone voiced their opinion on vaccinations, then maybe they would be vaccinated by now. And the anti-vaxxers can also help by making a donation, if not to vaccinations then to other health issues that contribute to child deaths. There are many other organizations that the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation supports whose goal is to help children and others in need. You can check them out here.
Stop debating and donate.
My husband and I did.