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Wrapping Up “Catch Every Kid”

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Providing the best defense for childhood illnesses and supporting childhood vaccinations for all.

Catch Every Kid launched on September 7, 2016, and since then we’ve received an uproar of support from generous individuals across Washington state. Our campaign began with a strong partnership with Bartell Drugs and Cliff Avril, a professional football defensive end, whose efforts helped to spread awareness and provided easier access to immunizations.

The campaign continued onward with a video on back-to-school vaccinations. The video follows a trip to the clinic but is acted out by adults, and narrated by kids – featuring Cliff Avril. The campaign concluded with the annual Gift of Health Gala, where all proceeds went towards the Childhood Immunization Initiative and HPV Awareness.

With this, we wrap up our campaign. It has brought together passionate individuals from across the state to spread the word about keeping kids healthy, and it allowed for greater discussion of childhood immunizations.

We thank all who participated and helped to spread the word, and appreciate your commitment to our initiative. We encourage you all to remain connected with us as we continue our efforts in keeping kids, and their families, healthy.

Here are some highlights from the campaign:

  • 3,337 individuals made an in-store donation at a Bartell Drugs location
  • $6,180 was donated through the in-store Bartell’s donations
  • The campaign video was shared over 150 times and viewed more than 40,000 times
  • Over $650,000 was raised at the Gift of Health Gala

Although this campaign is at its end, we will remain active in spreading awareness of childhood immunizations. You too can a part of these efforts by:

  • Discussing immunizations with friends and family members
  • Donating to increase access to vaccines

 


 

The New 2-Shot HPV Vaccine Protocol

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The new approach reduces barriers to this life-saving vaccine

For many teenagers, getting vaccinated to prevent the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) just got easier. Group Health is both prepared to explain and administer the new protocol to parents and patients, which means for some this will reduce the number of injections from three to two shots.

Last month, the CDC approved changes to eliminate the third injection. This new recommendation will simplify the protocol for most teens between the ages of 9 to 14. (There is no change for ages 15 to 26).

“Group Health has been a strong advocate for HPV vaccination, educating our members about this potentially life-saving vaccine,” said Dr. John Dunn, Assistant Medical Director for Preventative Care at Group Health and the 2016 Washington State Childhood Immunization Champion for the Centers for Disease Control. “This new protocol helps advance the work we’ve already been doing in our clinics and through the Group Health Foundation to educate the community and lower barriers to encourage more young people to be vaccinated against HPV.”

Although simplified for many teenagers, the new protocol may still cause confusion, particularly for teenagers who may have already begun to receive initial doses, Dunn said.

“Ask your doctor if you have questions,” he said.

HPV is a common infection. Nearly 80 million people —about one in four— are currently infected in the United States, including both men and women. There are many types of HPV. Some types of the virus can cause genital warts. Other types can cause cervical cancer and some less common cancers, such as vaginal and anal cancer. The HPV vaccine protects against the most common HPV types that can cause serious problems. The best time to get the vaccine is before teenagers become sexually active.

Here’s a brief overview of how the new HPV protocol will work:

  • For 9- to 14-year-olds, patients who have received no doses, they will now receive the two-dose protocol separated by at least 6 months. (This replaces what was a three-dose requirement.)
  • For 9- to 14-year-olds who already have been administered the initial dose, they can wait 6 months and complete the protocol with only one more injection (instead of two). If they have had two doses within 6 months, they will have to wait as they’re still required to get the third dose.
  • For 9- to 14-year-olds who have already been administered two HPV vaccines at least 6 months apart, they’re now done. Congrats!
  • For patients 15 years and older, the traditional three-dose series still applies unless they received a dose before their 15th birthday (in which case only two doses, separated by at least 6 months, are necessary).

For more information on the latest HPV vaccine, visit the Centers for Disease Control’s HPV page.

 


 

Diverse efforts boost vaccine awareness

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Our Catch Every Kid video, starring Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril, tells a back-to-school vaccination story narrated by kids and acted by adults.

Your generous donations are funding a variety of efforts to increase immunization rates and improve overall health throughout Washington state. The lighthearted Catch Every Kid campaign, which we launched this fall with Bartell Drugs, is one example, and here are a few others.

Creating connections that encourage collaboration. A grant to WithinReach, a longtime partner in the Foundation’s immunization efforts, is funding the HPV Task Force. The task force provides opportunities for collaboration among organizations throughout Washington state that are working to increase human papillomavirus (HPV) immunization rates. The HPV vaccine prevents cancers caused by HPV.

Expediting vaccine permission processes. Planned Parenthood needed a way to easily obtain permission from parents to give their children the HPV vaccine. WithinReach put Planned Parenthood in contact with Public Health–Seattle & King County, an organization that was collecting permissions electronically via DocuSign. Planned Parenthood implemented the same system and quickly improved their signature-gathering capabilities.

Expanding successful health educators training. The Somali Health Board had developed a successful peer health educators training to help Somali women share culturally relevant health information about immunizations, chronic diseases, and mental health.

A Foundation grant enabled the program to expand to two additional neighborhoods. Now sound health information can be shared with more Somali community members.