Vaccinations offered

Addilyn Salts, a second-grader at Lowell Elementary School who received an Amazon gift card for participating in a program to improve child vaccination rates in Winfield, stands with Dr. Todd Peters of William Newton Pediatrics.

Students at Winfield schools can get receive certain vaccinations under a grant from the Kansas Pediatric Foundation, according to a press release.

The project hopes to improve child vaccination rates in Winfield. Grant funds have been used for education, marketing and prizes.

The program is a collaboration between USD 465 Winfield nursing staff, City-Cowley County Health Department, and Dr. Todd Peters of William Newton Pediatrics. The $2,650 grant was awarded in 2019.

“This was the first year for this fund,” Peters said. “It’s exciting to be an early recipient and to be a part of this collaborative effort.”

All students who received their flu shots at the school-based clinics were entered into a drawing for Amazon gift cards. Student winners included Aria Burroughs, a first-grader at Whittier Elementary School, and Addilyn Salts, a second-grader at Lowell Elementary.

The second year of the grant the partners will focus on adolescents at Winfield High School in the spring of 2020 to increase vaccinations for HPV (human papillomavirus) and meningitis.

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