One child dies every 20 seconds from a disease that could be prevented with a vaccine, adding up to 1.5 million child fatalities every year.

One in five children worldwide lack access to the life-saving immunizations that keep children healthy, and seventy-five percent of unvaccinated children live in just 10 developing countries (Chad, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Uganda).

While we privileged parents here in the States get tears in our eyes when our babies receive their shots (I’m guilty of this one), parents worldwide walk for miles to limited child vaccination locations. Coordinated worldwide vaccination efforts have made significant progress, particularly in reducing cases of measles and polio, but funding gaps could threaten these gains.

I am proud to be a supporter of the Shot@Life campaign, an effort by the United Nations Foundation to ensure that children in need of vaccines receive them, and that worldwide child vaccination efforts remain in place.

What am I doing to help children receive their shot at living long enough to have a favorite teacher?

Immunization saves 2.5 million children’s lives each year. Visit Shot@Life.org to learn how YOU can be part of the solution, too.