Brielle Aklestad

The MT Teen Vax Challenge is an ongoing multi-year campaign that focuses on increasing awareness about the importance of teen vaccines. This challenge is an opportunity for parents/guardians of 11-17-year-olds to enter their child’s name into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card if they have received at least one Tdap, one MCV4 and one HPV vaccine at any time. There is one award winner per county and this year’s Toole County winner is Brielle Aklestad! Congratulations on getting a safe and an effective start to a healthy adulthood! And thank you to everyone who participated!

Toole County Health Department and Marias Healthcare Services, Inc, assist in the promotion of the MT Teen Vax Challenge, which is a partnership among the Montana DPHHS Immunization Program, the Montana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Montana Academy of Family Physicians and The Caring Foundation of Montana’s Care Van program.

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

Meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY) vaccine protects against a type of bacteria that can cause serious illnesses. The two most common types of illness include infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) and bloodstream.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine protects from future infections that can lead to certain types of cancers.  

Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough).

Influenza “flu” vaccine protects against seasonal influenza.

Now is a great time to check your child’s immunization record and see if they have received all the recommended vaccines! Call your local health department or healthcare provider to make sure your child is up to date or to schedule an immunization appointment today. Contact the Toole County Health Department at 406-424-5169, or Marias Healthcare Services, Inc., at 406-434-3100.

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