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Preteen Vaccine Week 2007 a Smashing Success!

January's Preteen Vaccine Week (PVW) brought recognition to the growing number of vaccines and booster shots for 11 to 12 year olds. A kickoff event at Sacramento's Jonas Salk Technical Academy featured State Public Health Officer Mark Horton, Immunization Branch Chief Howard Backer, and Sacramento County Health Officer, Glenna Trochet. Special guest, two-time Olympic gold medal winner and women’s basketball star Ruthie Bolton, dazzled the audience of nearly 100 middle-schoolers and scored points for a good cause. The theme of the event: “Immunizations are your best shot!” resonated among all the speakers, impressing on the kids how lucky they are that vaccines now prevent many once commonplace childhood diseases.

Local radio personality Lee Perkins emceed the event, and a group of students joined Bay Area rapper, Lavalle, in performing a rap about the importance of preteen immunizations. The appearance of the dancing Izzy Bear, Immunization Branch mascot, capped off the event, bringing smiles and cheers from the students. All students in the school received day-glow orange wrist-bands with the campaign slogan to help spread the word. 

The event was sponsored by CDHS in partnership with the California Coalition for Childhood Immunization (C3I), the California Distance Learning Health Network (CDLHN), and Sacramento County health department. This year’s awareness efforts can be seen across California and the nation on multiple websites, articles, and news stories. A number of local health departments also issued proclamations, held events, grand rounds, and immunization clinics, and more to celebrate PVW. Congratulations to all those who contributed to this important outreach effort.

   Preteen Vaccine Week Event Press Release in English | Spanish

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger officially declared Preteen Vaccine Week for the State of California and issued the NEW proclamation. It can be viewed on the Governor’s website by clicking here.

Event Photos

  students with izzy the immunization bear

dr. howard backer with a preteen vaccination poster

ruthie bolton with young students

Students with Izzy the immunization bear   

    Dr. Howard Backer

    Ruthie Bolton, two-time
    Olympian and students

Event Videos

Importance of Immunizations for Preteens (Windows Movie)
A message from Dr. Mark Horton, State Public Health Officer

Immunizations and the Preteen Doctor Visit (Windows Movie)
A message from Dr. Howard Backer, Chief of the Immunization Branch

Preteen Promotion Planning materials

Preteen Campaign Kit
A word document containing information about how to manage a preteen outreach campaign.

Preteen Supplemental materials
A similar document to the one above.

Preteen Vaccine Week Featured Links

California Academy of Family Physicians

Webcast Training on Human Papillomavirus: the Disease and the Vaccine NEW
See a new two-part webcast featuring State public health experts. Each 20-minute program is available online from the California Distance Learning Health Network’s Public Health Cafe.

Santa Barbara Regional Health Authority PDF
Their official newsletter.

California Adolescent Health Collaborative
Their December 06 newsletter.

National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO)

California School Nurses Organization (CSNO) fall newsletter PDF

LA Public Health Dept

San Diego County Immunization Initiative

Last modified on: 11/5/2008 11:45 PM