The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey and the New Jersey Department of Health are teaming up to help broaden public awareness of vaccinations and how important they can be.
“As this new school year starts, it is important to remind adolescents and their parents that now is the best time to receive these life-saving vaccines,” said Sheeba Ben, MD, Riverside Pediatric Group in Hoboken. “Your adolescent’s annual health check-up should include a review of their immunization history with booster shots given as necessary to ensure continued protection."
The two organizations are holding their second annual Protect Me With 3 video contest. The contest hopes to promote creativity and awareness of the importance of three specific vaccinations.
- Tetanus, Diphtheria and Acellular Pertusis (Tdap)
- Meningococcal Conjugate (MCV4)
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Participants are asked to create their own 30-second video, directed at their peers about the causes, symptoms, treatments and prevention of any of these diseases. Each video submission must educate viewers on one of the three diseases and contain 3 to 5 facts provided in the Vaccine PSA toolkit.
There are two age groups for submissions. The pre-teen category is for children between the ages of 11 and 14. The teen group is for youngsters between the ages of 15 and 18.
A $100 prize will be given to the class in each age category with the most eligible video submissions. The Grand Prize winner in the 11-14 age category will receive a brand new Kindle Fire HD 8.9, plus a $50 gift card from the Amazon Appstore, while the winner in the 15-18 age category will receive a brand new iPad Mini and a $50 gift card from the iTunes store. A first-runner up in each age category will receive a $250 gift card.Submissions are will be accepted between Sept. 23 and Nov. 6. For more information regarding eligibility, video submission guidelines and contest rules, please visit www.protectmewith3.com.