2018 Montana TeenVax Challenge Now Open

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Carbon County Public Health announces the “2018 MT TeenVax Challenge”, part of a multi-year Public Health campaign focused on increasing awareness about the importance of teen vaccines. The Challenge is in partnership with the Montana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Montana Academy of Family Physicians and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana Care Van program.

The vaccines adolescents need include:

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) - The Tdap vaccine protects your child against three diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whopping cough).  This vaccine is a one time dose.  

Meningococcal Conjugate (MCV4)  -  Meningococcal disease  can refer to any illness caused by the type of bacteria called  Neisseria meningitidis. These illnesses are often severe and include infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) and bloodstream infections (bacteremia or septicemia). This vaccine is a one time series of two doses.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) - The HPV vaccine protects your child from human papillomavirus or HPV. HPV  infection is very common.  HPV infections can cause health problems, including cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancer in girls and penile cancer in boys. HPV infections can also cause anal cancer, throat cancer and genital warts in both boys and girls.  This vaccine is a one time series of either 2 or 3 doses, depending on the age at which the series is started. Those who start the series before their 15th birthday need only two doses 6 to 12 months apart.

Influenza -  each year the influenza or "flu"  vaccine protects your child against influenza viruses.  Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of  influenza infection can result in hospitalization or death. This vaccine is administered every year.

This MT TeenVax Challenge is an opportunity for parents/guardians of 11-17 year olds to enter their teen's name into a drawing for a $50  Amazon  gift card if the teen has received at least 1 Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap), 1 MCV4, and 1 HPV vaccine (at any time). Only one entry per teen. At least one gift card per county will be given away.

If your teen has not received these vaccines, consider catching them  up on these teen specific vaccines to protect their health.  

To enter your child in the Challenge as well as learn much more about each vaccination, visit https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/Immunization/AdolescentVaccines#497066012-for-parentsguardians. Deadline to enter is  October 31, 2018; winners announced in November.

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