We are so fortunate to live in a time and place that grants us easy access to life-saving vaccinations, like those for rotavirus, measles and pneumonia. It can be too easy to forget that not all people around the world are afforded these technologies.

Every day 1,400 children across the globe die from diarrheal diseases -- many of which could have been prevented with two doses of the rotavirus vaccine. And every year, about 1.5 million children die from vaccine-preventable diseases -- about a quarter of the population of the entire state of Minnesota.

Thankfully, we do have the technologies to save many of these lives, but we have to make sure they are accessible to those who need them. Shot@Life, a grassroots campaign of the United Nations Foundation, fights for funding for global vaccination programs, like UNICEF, Gavi, and the CDC, to ensure that we protect those who are most vulnerable.

As an advocate for Shot@Life and a college student studying global health, I strongly believe in the importance of these vaccination programs and in our moral obligation to save lives of children when we have the necessary tools to do so.

I encourage you to contact your members of Congress to urge them to support funding for these programs.

Lindsay Cobb, Oronoco

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