Adolescent Vaccination Campaigns
"Got Vaxed?" The need to protect our children doesn't end when they enter kindergarten. Many adolescents are susceptible to vaccine-preventable diseases, including varicella, hepatitis B, measles, and rubella. To improve vaccination coverage and increase immunization awareness among adolescents, the Utah Immunization Program has developed a new adolescent immunization campaign, "Got Vaxed?." These materials are available to public and private immunization providers and include a teen immunization brochure, two posters, immunization reminder notepad for providers, and bookmarks.
"Vaccinate Before You Graduate" It is widely recognized that childhood vaccination programs and school entry requirements are effective public health tools for preventing vaccine preventable diseases and improving childhood immunization rates. However, Utah school immunization law does not require that adolescents receive all vaccines currently recommended for children 11-19 years of age. Many Utah adolescents are not adequately immunized and may be at risk for diseases such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Chickenpox, and Meningitis.
In conjunction with nationwide efforts to address adolescent immunization, the Utah Immunization Program developed a school-based adolescent immunization program entitled, "Vaccinate Before You Graduate." This program provides educational materials and resources for parents and teens in Utah middle and high schools to emphasize the importance of vaccinating teens before graduating from school. Available print materials include a poster and brochure. The "Vaccinate Before You Graduate" program is modeled after a similar initiative developed by the Rhode Island Department of Health.
Utah middle and high schools may order the print materials any time during the school year. These materials can be displayed in student counseling centers; libraries; book shelves in the halls; distributed during registration or parent/teacher conferences; sent home with students; or included in registration packets.