As one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies and vaccine maker, Sanofi believes in a world where no one suffers or dies from a vaccine-preventable disease. Each year, they supply nearly one billion vaccine doses to people around the world, protecting people of all ages from a wide range of severe infectious diseases.
For over two decades, Sanofi has partnered with March of Dimes to build awareness about the importance of vaccines, especially for moms and young babies. Our “Sounds of Pertussis” campaign in 2009 alerted parents to the dangers of whooping cough and the need for children and adults to be vaccinated against the disease to minimize spread. Our “Word of Mom” campaign begun in 2013 encouraged moms to spread the word about the importance of routine vaccinations for their children to protect, not just themselves, but public health as well.
Today, Sanofi is again partnering with March of Dimes to raise awareness of the dangers posed by the flu and RSV, a serious respiratory infection common in children under 2 years of age. With their support, March of Dimes conducted a webinar in which real moms share stories about their experience with these two diseases and the importance vaccines and vigilance play in safeguarding the health of our children. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/7TyvrNF2FxU
This current chapter of the March of Dimes and Sanofi partnership also aims to drive efforts to improve immunization rates, as today an alarming gap in immunization coverage in the U.S. Millions of moms and babies are behind on their immunizations, creating greater risk for adverse health outcomes. In 2020, 40% of children in America missed their routine vaccines. In particular, families of color, families living below the poverty line, and families lacking health insurance were less likely to receive recommended vaccinations.
To combat this issue, March of Dimes and Sanofi expanded our long-standing partnership in response to this significant gap in immunization rates, coupled with an awareness initiative around preventing flu and RSV. Together, we seek to build trust in the flu vaccine, educate the public on RSV immunizations, and close the gap in immunization access and equity.