Enter the “Race to Vaccinate!”

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) along with the Vaccinate Alaska Coalition and the Alaska Vaccination Program invite you to enter your child in the Race to Vaccinate! Children through age 6 that are up to date on their vaccinations according to the State of Alaska immunization schedule are eligible to enter the race.

Parents of children up to age 6 who are up-to-date on their vaccinations can enter their child in a drawing to win a free toy husky dog that wears a collar signed by four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser. A drawing will be held at the end of the Iditarod to determine the winner. Children with up-to-date vaccinations may be entered during a health care visit to Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Outpatient Department. Please ask your nurse about entering at the time of the visit.

The Iditarod Race, started in 1973, commemorates the heroic 1925 dogsled journey to deliver live-saving diphtheria vaccine to Nome – it was literally a race to vaccinate. Vaccinations continue to be one of our safest and most effective methods to prevent disease.

Children need the majority of their vaccinations in the first two years of life. That is the time when they are most vulnerable to serious, but preventable, diseases like measles, whooping cough (pertussis), and flu. On-time vaccinations protect children from 14 preventable diseases. Since Alaska has a relatively poor vaccination rate compared to the rest of the United States, this means there is increased susceptibility to vaccine preventable disease.

If your child needs vaccinations, please schedule a well-child exam with your provider. Needed vaccinations can be provided at these visits. If you have questions regarding your child’s immunization status, please call Laurie Hood, RN, 966-8738.