2018 MT TeenVax Challenge

Montana Immunization Program’s 2018 MT TeenVax Challenge

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is promoting teen vaccinations by reaching out to Montana parents/guardians and teens.

The DPHHS Immunization Program and its partners are continuing their multi-year campaign, MT TeenVax, to increase awareness about the importance of teen vaccines.

“While Montana continues to improve coverage levels for adolescent vaccines, we are still below the national average,” said Bekki Wehner, DPHHS Immunization Program Manager. “The MT TeenVax campaign highlights the importance of adolescent vaccines statewide.”

The recommended vaccines for teens are tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap), the human papillomavirus (HPV) series, and the start of the meningococcal (MCV4).

These vaccines are routinely administered at age 11-12 years and catch up for those age 13 years and older who missed vaccination. Influenza “the flu” vaccine is recommended every year.

“These vaccines are safe and an effective way to help teens start a healthy adulthood,” Wehner said.

To help increase awareness about the importance of these vaccines, the state Immunization Program is continuing the MT TeenVax Challenge. The Challenge is in partnership with the Montana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Montana Academy of Family Physicians and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana Care Van program.

This 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 they have received at least one Tdap, one MCV4, and one HPV. One gift card per county will be given away. The deadline to enter is October 31, 2018. Last year entries were received from 48 counties. Click here to register!

“Now is a great time to check your child’s immunization record and see if they have received all the recommended vaccines,” Wehner said. “If you have questions about any of the vaccines, talk to your healthcare provider.”

For more information about adolescent vaccines and the challenge, go to www.immunization.mt.gov.