What is “Vaccinate Before You Graduate – Louisiana”?
Vaccinate Before You Graduate (VBYG) is a public information campaign and program that raises awareness about the importance of getting vaccinated as a high school student, provides information about which vaccinations are most important to this age group, and lets students and their parents know where they can receive vaccinations, often at no out-of-pocket cost if done before graduating from high school.
Why is it important?
Too often, parents and students are unaware of what vaccines they have received and which vaccines need booster doses. For example, a recent study found that 79% of parents were not aware that their child was not fully vaccinated against all 5 strains of meningitis – a potentially deadly disease that is most commonly seen in young adults ages 16-21 (Source, CDC).
Additionally, less than one-third of those who received the first-dose against the disease have received the recommended booster dose. VBYG is designed to encourage students to research their vaccine history and receive any missing vaccinations or booster doses before graduation.
Want to Get Involved?
The Vaccinate Before You Graduate Coalition is designed to engage partners and organizations with likeminded goals of promoting healthy living and wellness for children and young adults throughout Louisiana. Coalition members play a pivotal role in furthering the program’s messages and mission and serve as spokespeople and program champions within their professional networks.
If you are interested in joining our Coalition and being a part of the Vaccinate Before You Graduate Program, please contact Henry Hom at Henry.Hom@la.gov or (504) 568-2620 for more information.