To help combat the spread of preventable diseases in teens and preteens, the Department of Public Health and Human Services recently launched a multi- year campaign called MT TeenVax.
For example the Human Papillomavirus, most commonly known as HPV, is one of the vaccinates available to teens. In fact according to the cascade city- county health department, nearly 80 million people,in the U.S. have HPV. To break that number down, that's 1 in 4 people.
"If we're out in the public we can contract or spread a disease, you can be a carrier of a disease without even having symptoms,HPV is an example of that, so that's why we really want to encourage teens to get those vaccines before they ever become exposed," said Erin Merchant, Preparedness & Communication Officer, Cascade City-County Health Department.
She said getting vaccinations is also about protecting our community from the spread of preventable diseases.
Merchant reminds us that vaccinations helped eradicate small pox and polio, and MT TeenVax is about protecting children and the future.