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April is Adolescent Immunization Month

April is an excellent time to make sure your adolescent has the required and recommended vaccinations for his or her age. Most medical providers and the Orange County Health Department provide Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), Meningococcal, and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations. Click the links below to learn more about each vaccine.  



Adolescents Get Immunized Campaign


Contest and Walk-In Immunization Clinics

Orange County Health Department clinical staff promote adolescent immunizations year-round. Adolescent Immunization Month provides an opportunity to work the local school systems and other partners to plan an immunization awareness activity.

Select students attending Orange County Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools will have a chance to win an iPod or laptop this June. The Orange County Health Department and both school systems have partnered to launch the Adolescents Get Immunized campaign promoting vaccination against meningococcal disease; human papillomavirus (HPV); and tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (or Tdap). The campaign will feature walk-in vaccination clinics and a contest for adolescents who have not received the recommended vaccinations.

About the Contest: The contest is open to students in grades five through twelve and will end Jun. 1, 2011. To be eligible for prizes, students must provide their school nurse with a vaccination record showing receipt of meningococcal vaccine between Apr. 1, 2011 and May 31, 2011. Students can also become eligible by providing the school nurse with an HPV or Tdap record showing vaccination between Apr. 1, 2011 and May 31, 2011. The winning fifth grade and middle school student will receive an iPod Shuffle and the winning high school student will receive a laptop. Contest prizes are being donated by Paul and Cora Harrison, a local couple who lost their daughter to meningococcal disease and now work actively to promote adolescent immunizations.


Walk-In Clinics: The Health Department will hold walk-in immunization clinics in for adolescents in its Hillsborough and Chapel Hill medical clinics. The first series of clinics will take place at Whitted Human Services Center (300 W. Tryon Street in Hillsborough) on May 10, 11 and 12 from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. The second series of clinics will take place at Southern Human Services Center (2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill) on May 17, 18 and 19 from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.


Helpful Resources

OCHD Immunization Month Flyer (English)

OCHD Immunization Month Flyer (Spanish)

NC Immunization Branch Web Site

Recommended Immunization Schedule for 0-18 Years (CDC)

 

For More Information:
Judy Butler, RN
Community Health Services Supervisor

butler@orangecountync.gov

919-245-2425