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Krantz wins PR County TeenVax Competition


December 13, 2018

Aspen Krantz is pictured above. (Photo courtesy of Darlynn Williams)

By Darlynn Williams

Congratulations to Aspen Krantz for winning Powder River County's TeenVax competition! There were 659 entries with winners in 48 counties. The 2018 MT TeenVax Challenge is an ongoing multi-year campaign that focuses on increasing awareness about the importance of teen vaccines.

The Challenge 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 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana Care Van program.

This Challenge was 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 1 Tdap, 1 MCV4, and 1 HPV vaccine (at any time).

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.

These vaccines are safe and an effective way to help teens start a healthy adulthood.

It is a great time to check your child's immunization record and see if they have received all the recommended vaccines.


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