Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools nurses and the Orange County Health Department are holding an immunization contest in recognition of Adolescent Immunization Month, which was April.
For the contest, students need to receive at least one vaccine between April 1 and May 31.
For a meningococcal vaccine, students will receive two contest entries, while students will receive one entry for Tdap (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis) and HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccines. To be eligible, students must take proof of the vaccine to a school nurse by 10 a.m. on June 1. A school administrator will select three winners: a fifth-grade winner of an iPod, a middle school winner of an iPod and a high school winner of a laptop.
The meningococcal vaccine is recommended for children aged 11-12 and again for
adolescents aged 16-18. Tdap is required for all students entering sixth grade unless they have received a Td (tetanus/diphtheria) vaccine in the past five years. The HPV vaccine is recommended for any student aged 9 or older. To make an appointment for a vaccination at the Health Department, call 245-2400 (Hillsborough) or 968-2022, ext. 2 (Chapel Hill).
The department will hold three immunization clinics in Hillsborough from 3 to 6 p.m. on May 10, 11 and 12 and three clinics in Chapel Hill from 3 to 6 p.m. on May 17, 18 and 19. No appointment is necessary for the clinics.