Protect Me With 3+ is an annual poster and video contest, and a collaboration between The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey and the New Jersey Department of Health. We believe your health is worth a shot.
The top three posters and videos will win awesome prizes and will be showcased at statewide immunization awareness events! The top five finalists for each category will also be posted on our website during the voting period.
Educators throughout New Jersey are encouraged to promote the Protect Me With 3+ contest as a class project. A prize for the classroom with the most eligible submissions in each of the poster and video categories will also be awarded! View the contest details for your school.
Designed for youth in middle and high schools, the contest aims to raise awareness about the importance of adolescent immunizations among preteens, teenagers and parents, and increase vaccination rates for several important vaccines:
Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Meningococcal ACWY (Men ACWY)
By participating in the Protect Me With 3+ contest, you are highlighting the importance of vaccines among your peers and the community.
The Protect Me With 3+ website offers several resources that detail how vaccines help prevent serious and life-threatening diseases.
Vaccines are safe and effective tools that help prevent severe symptoms and complications.
Vaccine-preventable diseases can affect anyone, regardless of age or health status, including healthy teens. Young and healthy people are not immune to serious illnesses.
The best time to vaccinate children and adolescents is before exposure to a dangerous disease. Adolescence offers a time for guardians to check if childhood immunizations are up to date according to recommended immunization schedules.
By getting vaccinated, you are protecting yourself and your family and friends. Not vaccinating a child on time can make someone else sick, like a friend, baby, adult, grandparent, or someone unable to be vaccinated.
Getting all adolescent vaccines is the foundation for a healthy adulthood. Timing is important.
It can take weeks for a vaccine to help make protective disease-fighting antibodies, and some vaccines require multiple doses to provide the best protection.
New Jersey’s school immunization rules require students to receive a series of immunizations to attend school. Schools are required to enforce requirements, maintain records, and submit annual reports to state and local health departments.
Please browse this website in the youth, parents, and schoolsections to learn more and incorporate these messages into your artwork.