Preteen Vaccine Week Event a Hit!
Jonathon Deguzman Dr. Mark Horton, CDPH
National Meningitis Director, MD, MPH
|The Preteen Vaccine Week kick-off event was a huge success! This year the Immunization Branch partnered with the San Diego Immunization Branch, the California Immunization Coalition (CIC), the National Meningitis Association (NMA), and the California Distance Learning Health Network (CDLHN) to promote preteen immunizations.
Hundreds of preteens and their families gathered around the field during a “half-time” show at the FC San Diego’s Presidents Cup soccer tournament to celebrate preteen and adolescent immunizations. Celebrity DJ Nick V. from Blazin’ 98.9 radio served as event emcee. Dr. Mark Horton, CDPH Director and Dr. Dean Sidelinger, San Diego County’s Deputy Public Health Officer were on hand to reinforce the message that 11-and 12-year-olds need their shots, and that parents should schedule a preteen doctor visit for their preteens.
LA Galaxy team players Chris Klein and Peter Vagenas also supported the event. They kicked goals with preteens and announced that immunizations help preteens stay on top of their game! Izzy the Bear played goalie and showed off his dance moves to the crowd as they listened to CIC’s immunization rap
Preteens cheered with bright orange bang sticks that featured the campaign slogan “Immunizations are your best shot!” The event also served as the public launch for the new preteen website, www.mybestshot.org (see Training Resources ).
Also highlighting the event was a testimonial from meningococcal disease survivor, Jonathan Deguzman. Jonathan’s compelling story touched parents and preteens alike, reminding them of why vaccines are so important. The Preteen Vaccine Week booth provided information about vaccine-preventable diseases. Even though the halftime show was over, a stream of kids continued to stop by the booth to ask questions about diseases. They also showed off their immunization knowledge during a game of “IZ Jeopardy.” The two-day tournament proved to be an excellent venue to target both preteens and their families and to encourage them to get up-to-date with their shots!
To learn more about the event or about hosting a similar event in your community, contact Rebeca Boyte at Rebeca.Boyte@cdph.ca.gov.