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Vaccine Ambassadors Announces 2016 Distinguished Partner Award

ambassadors_awardEach year, Vaccine Ambassadors recognizes a partner for their exemplary leadership and commitment to healthy communities through immunizations with the Distinguished Partner Award.

Please join us in congratulating BoardVitals, as the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Partners Award.

In April of this year, BoardVitals chose to share their success with others through a philanthropic corporate initiative, #GIVEVAX. BoardVitals donates an amount equal to a vaccine per educational packet purchased through their company.

Because of their generosity thousands of children will receive life-saving vaccines.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with Vaccine Ambassadors in our GIVEVAX campaign. Our businesses have a unified goal to bring vaccines to those in need and we’re so happy to be involved.”- Dr. Andrea Paul, Chief Medical Officer.

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Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge

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Vaccine Ambassadors will be competing in this year’s Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge, along with 52 other local nonprofits! The challenge is an opportunity to highlight the work of each organization during the holiday season.

Our tree will be a visual depiction of the number of lives saved over the past 50 years with the introduction of the measles vaccine in 1963 (see graphic).

The top prize is $5,000. You can show your support by voting for us during the challenge. Text to 25827 and in the message section enter Tree 40. You can vote once a day, per each device (phone- text and online and computer from December 2nd -14th.  Link to voting page



Columbia Pharmacy: Reaching Beyond Their Community

From Left to Right: Former Dana Outten, Melanie Cahoon, Kirstin Bradley, Neal O’Neal

From Left to Right: Dana Outten, Melanie Cahoon, Kirstin Bradley, Neal O’Neal

When Columbia Pharmacy learned that Vaccine Ambassadors was offering a pharmacy-based program to bring vaccines to children and families living in parts of the world without this basic healthcare service they didn’t hesitate to sign up. This year will be the 3rd annual Protect Someone Else When You Protect Yourself flu season campaign.

Pharmacist Kirstin Bradley of Columbia Pharmacy shares with us the motivation behind participating in the charitable giving program and what the experience was like for her and her pharmacy.

VA: What was it about this particular program that made you want to become a Vaccine Ambassador?

KB: Columbia Pharmacy recognizes the serious need for immunizations both locally and internationally. We wanted to do our part to help contribute by bringing awareness to the problem and providing immunizations to those less fortunate. Additionally, Vaccine Ambassadors provides a unique advertising opportunity. Some larger chains have taken advantage of similar programs, so it is time for local independent pharmacies to do the same.

VA: For those who have not participate before, can you share what was the experience like?

KB: Being a Vaccine Ambassador has been a wonderful experience. It was so easy to participate, yet makes such a huge difference in the lives of others.

VA: Do you think this added value to your store, and if so how?

KB: Vaccine Ambassadors added value to Columbia Pharmacy by giving us a sense of pride by helping others, increased advertising, and increased immunizations given. (more…)

BoardVitals Prepares Children And Communities For A Healthier Future With Vaccines


CEO of BoardVitals, Daniel Lambert

BoardVitals has spent the past three years ensuring that medical practitioners stay up-to-date with the rapidly changing world of scientific knowledge. As innovators who have embraced new challenges and found novel solutions, the company applied this same philosophy when they were looking to add a philanthropic component to their business. Recognizing that vaccines play a vital role in the health of children and yet one in five is left unprotected, BoardVitals decided to take an active role to provide immunizations for some of the world’s most vulnerable and resource-scarce communities.

BoardVitals designs question banks and practice tests for medical schools, nursing schools, and other healthcare practitioners. Both students and seasoned medical professionals benefit from these services. They frequently collect and update new information from scientific journals and academic institutions in order to remain one of the most current medical resources available. It’s fast-paced work.

“This is a very living ecosystem,” remarked Daniel Lambert, CEO. “Medical information goes out of date very quickly. Physicians on staff constantly curate the content…to make sure the best information is out there.”

By its very nature, the company embraces change. So it’s no surprise that Lambert and his partner, Andrea Paul, seamlessly adopted a new initiative that has the potential to change the lives of many communities. What’s is even more extraordinary is the depth of their generosity.

“For every question bank that is purchased, we’re going to donate the equivalent of one MMR vaccine,” announced Lambert. “That’s over two dollars per vaccine. It’s a significant portion of our revenue.” (more…)

A Father’s Wish


Those who have been through it know that having a baby is a time of joy and worry. Between the smiles and sweet baby naps your mind escapes to what could go wrong. How do I keep her safe? How can I make sure that she lives a long and healthy life? You go in for visits to the pediatrician and wonder where you are on the growth charts—is she eating enough? Is she alert and responding the way she should? What about this rash? The list of worries can go on and on.

We moved to Chapel Hill and took our daughter for her first well visit and immunizations at a new clinic. A whole new set of worries kicked in. How would she handle the shots? Would she be a crying mess in our arms? What if they make her sick? I know she needs them, but maybe we can wait until the next visit. I believe I even looked for the exit. I then saw a sign for Vaccine Ambassadors. My wife and I talked about it. You see, we both have worked in international development. We have met hundreds of families and children over the years in places where vaccines were not readily available. We have seen firsthand how good health is a foundation for everything else in a person’s life. If you are healthy everything is possible. If you are sick everything is impossible. The people we met who were sick couldn’t go to school, learn a trade, get a job, or any of the other things it takes to improve quality of life. And some people had to live with the worst imaginable tragedy…the death of a child because they didn’t have vaccines that were readily available. (more…)

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