MDH Shows Value of Vaccines at State Fair Booth
Friday, August 24, 2018
From Minnesota Department of Health website, Aug. 21: Many people think about vaccinations as something that happens in childhood, but the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) 2018 State Fair booth will highlight the fact that people need vaccines throughout their lives.
Through a series of games and interactive displays, visitors to this year’s booth will learn that when people of all ages get vaccinated, they not only protect themselves from dangerous diseases but they also help protect people who can’t get vaccinated. This could include babies too young to be vaccinated or people with weakened immune systems due to illness or medical treatments like chemotherapy who are more vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases.
“Our need for vaccines never ends. They are an important part of staying healthy from birth through older adulthood,” said Kristen Ehresmann, infectious disease director for MDH. “We hope the booth will show people how vaccines work to help protect you, your family and your community from deadly disease.”
Booth visitors will play a variety of games, developed in partnership with the Science Museum of Minnesota, that illustrate the role of vaccines in keeping people, families and communities healthy. They can also spin a quiz wheel to test their vaccine knowledge, take an adult vaccine assessment to get a customized list of vaccines they may need and pick up information on how to check their vaccination status, such as requesting their vaccination record using the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection to ensure they are up-to-date on all recommended vaccines.