As a result of the program, the state attained one of the highest childhood immunization rates of any U. The Arkansas program was adopted by the U. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a model for nationwide use. Dale Bumpers entered the U. Senate in , and the couple moved to Washington, DC. Two years later, when Jimmy Carter arrived in Washington as the new U. President, Betty Bumpers sought his support for a nationwide program of childhood immunization and enlisted the assistance of First Lady Rosalynn Carter.
After finding that only a small number of states required children to be immunized before entering school, the two women joined forces and undertook a campaign to convince every U. After just two years of advocacy work focused on individual state governments, they achieved their goal of having all 50 U. A measles epidemic in that killed over children led to a new collaboration between Bumpers and Carter.
Concerned that preschool children were vulnerable to preventable illnesses because they weren't getting immunized on schedule, they founded the organization Every Child By Two, with the aim of assuring immunizations for all American children by the age of two. As of , Bumpers said that the group's efforts to establish outreach programs and immunization registers in each state had contributed to an immunization rate of 90 percent for children from birth to age two. A conversation with her college-student daughter, Brooke, inspired Betty Bumpers to become a peace activist, focused on ending the nuclear weapons race.
While driving together to Arkansas from Washington, DC, they crossed the Clinch River, the namesake of the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Project, leading Brooke to ask her mother what the family would do in a nuclear war or the aftermath of a nuclear disaster.
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