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I’m talking kids, books, & diarrhea on Capitol Hill with [email protected]

If you’re new here, you might not know that I LOVE to talk about diarrhea.

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Thanks to my volunteer work with [email protected], I am able to help future little readers all over the globe grow up to be healthy readers.  In the photo above, I talk to new [email protected] champions about how to find their platform by looking inside themselves and seeing where their passion lies. Turns out, mine happened when my toddler became dehydrated from a case of rotavirus and we had to take him to the ER. Twenty three years later, he is a grown man, all because we had access to health care. But there are many mothers who don’t have access to care for their infants. And that knowledge hurt me. In all my inexperience raising my first child, I knew one thing: when all else fails, call a doctor. A doctor is just a 10 minute car ride away.

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But as I learned through [email protected], a doctor visit is often 3 miles away. On foot. In the heat. That knowledge tore me up.  No child should die from dehydration caused by diarrhea and the rotavirus. That’s why I love to talk about diarrhea; I want everyone to have the same options I do. And so I will discuss diarrhea with anyone who will listen. Children who are sick can’t read.

Thanks to [email protected] I can make a difference.

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Ask me how you can too.

 

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It’s Champion #ShotatLife Day in #Blogust!

During [email protected]’s #Blogust 2015—a month-long blog relay—some of North America’s most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and [email protected] Champions will come together and share inspirational quotes for their children. Every time you comment on this post and other #Blogust contributions, or take action using the social media on this website, [email protected] and the United Nations Foundation pages, one vaccine will be donated to a child around the world (up to 50,000).

I’m sharing some quotes on Pinterest. Check them out. Here’s a sneak peak:

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Pop over to my [email protected] Board on Pinterest (click the pic) to see a bigger puzzle piece and be inspired!

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Garden Parties are the Perfect time to discuss #diarrhea #Blogust

I recently had the chance to share my love of books and tea parties with a lovely group of littles in an outdoor garden party!

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Aren’t these little partygoers adorable??? Many thanks to my friend Darla at HeartWork Organizing for opening her home and sharing her littles and their friends with me. We raised money for [email protected] which I’m proud to say will help protect children by providing necessary vaccines so they can have a shot at life.

Wouldn’t it be FABULOUS if I could travel the world and have tea parties for kids all over the globe?

Give a kid a [email protected] Parties by donating.

Thanks, from the bottom of my teacup!

 

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An Unconventional Librarian at the Hospital: A Visit to Dr. Offit’s Office #Blogust

Recently a group of [email protected] champions and I got the chance to visit with Dr. Paul Offit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).  Who is Dr. Offit, you ask? He’s a doctor who has written the book, Autism’s False Prophets, which discusses the history of vaccines and why they are necessary and that they do not cause autism.

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The other cool thing about Dr. Offit? He helped invent the Rotatek vaccine! Yep, the very vaccine that your little ones get to help prevent the nasty ugly Rotavirus vaccine. Did you know that dehydration caused from diarrhea kills many of our littles around the world? Giving babies the Rotavirus vaccine helps save lives and I was thrilled to be able to meet Dr. Offit.

During our visit, we chatted about the state of vaccinations and what can be done about getting the word out to more people about getting vaccinated. I was amazed that he wanted to hear about us and our thoughts; who knew someone so smart and passionate about child health could be so friendly?

After our chat we personally took us on a tour of CHOP, showed us some labs with real petrie dishes (see? I did pay attention in 9th grade physics) and lab technicians, and showed us his office.

Here’s a collage of our visit.

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This is just a small portion of our day! Stay tuned for more about this FABULOUS day!

I wanted to wear my lab coat but my kids said NO but I thought it lended a sort of Patch Adams feel.  I later found out that there is a library INSIDE CHOP! More about that later…

 

 

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Calling All Princesses, Pirates, and Fairies: Attend a Tea Party Benefit [email protected]

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If you’ve been following along here at this blog, you’ll know that I host tea parties practically every weekend. You might also know that I’m a [email protected] Champion.  I’ve combined my love of kids and tea parties and I’m hosting a Fairy Tale Chari Tea Party Sunday August 10th.

Dress up like your favorite fairy tale character, play games, learn manners, and get educated about how vaccinations can make a difference to children all over the globe. Every child deserves a chance at a dress up party, right? All little girls dream of being princesses, and all kids deserve a chance to be healthy little people.

Come join the fun. You can sign up here.

Here’s me in a tutu for incentive

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I might even talk about diarrhea!

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[email protected] Summit with An Unconventional Librarian

You might remember that I told you how thrilled I was to attend the [email protected] Summit in Washington DC.  I made so many friends and learned so much about the health of my little friends all over the world.

I’d like to share one of my favorite photos with you today:

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This is the whole gang. It is one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had in a while.  I made friends with all kinds of very important and special people.  At times I was a little overwhelmed and wondered: What is little ol PammyPam doing here with these IMPORTANT people??  And then the diarrhea talk began and T told me she would show me her leg (she was affected by polio as a child) for 20 bucks and I knew I was HOME.

Stay tuned and I’ll share  more of my [email protected] experiences.

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These guys here? Pneumonia and Polio.  Don’t let their cute little faces fool you.  They are booger bears.

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Polio attacks a child’s nervous system and can cause muscle weakness, paralysis or even death.

  • Thanks to polio vaccination, five million people who would have otherwise been paralyzed are able to walk and polio cases are down 99 percent. Never before has the world been this close to eradicating polio.
  • However, the disease has recently reemerged in areas that had been polio-free for years. Until permanently eradicated, polio anywhere remains a real threat to children everywhere.
  • Polio remains endemic in three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Other countries, including Angola, Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have experienced a recent resurgence in polio transmission.

and Pneumococcal Disease aka Pneumonia

Pneumococcal disease is a bacterial disease that can cause meningitis and pneumonia. While this disease is easily preventable, it is a leading killer of children around the world. Preventing the disease through a vaccine will save millions of lives.

  • Pneumonia, the most common symptom of Pneumococcal disease, accounts for 18 percent of child deaths in developing countries, making it the number one vaccine-preventable cause of death worldwide.
  • In 2010 the GAVI Alliance, an international vaccine financing partnership, began a program to introduce pneumococcal vaccinations to more than 40 countries by 2015. Once at full capacity, the program could save the lives of three to four million children over the next 10 years.

Wanna find out more? Visit [email protected].  Or hit me up here or on Twitter: @Pamlovesbooks  I love to talk #diarrhea or #vaccineswork

 

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Every Child Needs a [email protected] To Read.

It’s no secret that I love books. The only thing I love more than books is kids. As a mother and an educator I’ve dedicated my life to kids and keeping them safe, happy, and healthy.  That’s why I partnered with [email protected] and am proud to say I am a 2014 [email protected] Champion!

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Earlier in March I traveled to Washington DC and learned to become a global vaccination lobbyist. I am completely comfortable discussing diarrhea and you may have seen me discuss it in tweets, Facebook posts, on the radio, or in real life.  I’m all about diarrhea!

Why? Think about it: as a mother, I want the best health for my children. When they are sick, you’d move heaven and earth to make them well.  I think all moms around the world feel this way. So, what do you do when your child has Rotavirus and diarrhea? Well, you take them to the doctor and eventually they get better. You don’t have to worry about your child dying, yes DYING from dehydration caused by diarrhea. That’s unheard of, right?

Not even close in developing countries.  Imagine being a mother and watching your baby die from malnutrition and dehydration. They can’t just run to the nearest doctor’s office.  That clinic might be 12 miles away. On foot.

But you know what? It’s totally preventable.  By vaccines. Did you know:

Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe diarrhea among infants and young children.

  • Each year, more than half a million children under age five die as a result of rotavirus, and almost 2 million more become severely ill.
  • In July 2011, Sudan became the first GAVI-eligible African country to roll out the rotavirus vaccine. GAVI will support the introduction of rotavirus vaccine in more than 40 countries by 2015. GAVI aims to focus its support on the world’s poorest countries. GAVI-eligibility is therefore determined by national income.

This is the kind of information I learned while attending the [email protected] Summit in DC.  BTW, GAVI stands for Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations.  Groups like this and the UN Foundation work to educate people and to get necessary vaccines into the hands of the countries that need it the most.

A sick child can’t read, can they? If they’re dehydrated from diarrhea there’s no way they can focus on much else except getting better. That’s where I come in! I want to spread the word that vaccines are important to child health and vaccines don’t cause Autism.

Let me repeat that.

VACCINES. DON’T. CAUSE. AUTISM.

Vaccines don’t cause Autism.

Vaccines don’t cause Autism.

Every child needs a chance to enjoy the things that children need to grow up. Like reading a book.  They can’t do that if they are sick. Or dying.

But I can make a difference.  And so can you.

Wanna talk about diarrhea? Hit me up on Twitter with the hashtag #vaccineswork and join the conversation. I’m HAPPY to talk about diarrhea!

And how to eradicate it from the world.  Think of me as the MoJoJo of diarrhea. Er, you know what I mean.