Nine high school students from Bowling Green and Warren County have been honored for their promotion of meningitis immunizations.
Let’s Immunize Very Early (LIVE) Coalition, a group of health professionals in Warren County, sponsored the contest during the fall and announced the winners this month. The five high schools identified student organizations to run the contest in each school.
Students could promote information about meningitis and vaccinations by any method or combination of methods, including YouTube videos, class announcements, class presentations, bulletin boards, posters and the principal’s newsletter.
Students taking a Survey Monkey survey consisting of five questions to test knowledge and two about their immunization status determined the winners at each school.
The winners of the $50 prizes were: Kayla Anderson, Warren Central High School health education class; Mackenzie Sunderlin and Hanna Clark, Greenwood High School Beta Club; Kathleen Rich and Kelsey Howard, Warren East High School Future Educators of America; Danielle Davenport and Caleb Sliger, South Warren High School Family Career and Community Leaders of America; and Dalton Carver and Suzanne Moore, Bowling Green High School Health Occupations Students of America.
Warren East was judged to have the best overall promotional campaign and the Future Educators of America Club was treated to a pizza party.
Agencies represented in the LIVE Coalition include: Barren River District Health Department, South Central Area Health Education Center, WKU Institute of Rural Health Development and Research, Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club, Vaccine for Children Program, Merck Pharmaceutical, Warren County Public Schools, Kentucky Immunization Program, GlaxoSmithKline, MedImmune and Sanofi Pasteur.
Each year, meningococcal disease strikes up to 3,000 Americans, according to the Kentucky Department of Public Health. Adolescents and young adults account for nearly 30 percent of all cases in the U.S. These children also have an unusually high death rate (nearly 25 percent) when compared to other age groups, and 20 percent of survivors endure permanent consequences, such as brain damage, hearing loss, kidney disease and limb amputations.
More information is available from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Public Health website.
Contact: Lucy Juett, (270) 745-3325.