march 16,2016

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood Nj, Two George Washington Middle School students, Marin Kim and Susannah Taylor, were selected as finalists for the Protect Me With 3+ contest.

The Protect Me With 3+ poster and video contest is aimed at broadening awareness for the importance of adolescent immunization among pre-teens, teenagers, and their parents. It is a collaboration between The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey and the New Jersey Department of Health.

In its fourth year, the Protect Me With 3+ contest aims to raise awareness about the importance of adolescent immunizations among pre-teens, teenagers and their parents. The contest focuses on increasing vaccination rates for four adolescent vaccines: tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap), human papillomavirus (HPV), meningococcal conjugate and influenza (flu).

Entries this year represented middle schools and high schools from all over New Jersey. “We are delighted with the volume and diversity of entries this year,” stated Ilise Zimmerman, Executive Director of the Partnership. “We’ve received over 200 entries, a new record for Protect Me With 3+.”

Many teachers used the contest as an opportunity to teach their students about the importance of adolescent vaccines. “It is excellent to see teachers getting their students involved and to see New Jersey’s youth excited about raising awareness of vaccination,” said Dr. Tina Tan, State Epidemiologist and Assistant Commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Health.

The contest offers prizes to the top three entries in the poster and video categories and the chance for winning entries to be used in statewide immunization awareness activities.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony Sunday and placed online Monday.

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