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FOR RELEASE: August 26, 2003
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Britton Elementary Scores High in Compliance with Immunization Law

Not every school receives a personal visit from the U.S. Assistant Surgeon General Dr. Walter Orenstein, but recently Britton Elementary in Oklahoma City received such a visit and was recognized for achieving 100 percent compliance with the school law that mandates all children in elementary school have an immunization record on file. Dr. Orenstein and the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) also recognized Britton Elementary, pre-K to 5th grade, for the 97.5 percent protection level the immunizations provide.

“August is National Immunization Awareness Month, the beginning of the school year for some students, and a great time to publicly recognize Britton Elementary for their performance,” said OSDH Immunization Service Chief Don Blose. “Britton Elementary is to be commended for their creativity in getting out important health messages to the children, parents, and the community about childhood immunizations. With parents and children preparing for back-to-school, the health department wants to remind everyone to put immunizations on their list of things to do.”

“I am very pleased that the parents and faculty worked hard to achieve this goal and we plan to continue our efforts to make sure every child at Britton Elementary receives the best health protection and education possible,” said Principal Kim Zachery.

The protection level means that the children are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases and are up-to-date on their immunizations as designated by Oklahoma law. For elementary students, depending on the grade level, it means children have received five DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertusis), four polio, two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), two hepatitis A, and three hepatitis B shots.

Anubis Qetlah, coordinator for Schools for Healthy Lifestyles for Britton Elementary School, involved the entire school in an assembly by working with the teachers to conduct a poster contest and an essay contest. He also got the teachers and students involved in performing a musical skit about immunizations. OSDH Senior Immunization Representative for Oklahoma County, Stephanie Natt, and members of the Oklahoma County Immunization Coalition helped find local businesses to sponsor the 21 awards given to the children. There were about 100 entries from the nearly 400 students with other students participating in various classroom activities to learn about the importance of receiving their immunizations on time.

Student award winners were: pre-kindergarten -- Juan Sancen, Byreon Titsworth, Auna Lockhart; kindergarten - Zachary Witt, Marcos Gil, Makiyah Levett; first grade - Yuliza Escalera, Angelica Lockhart, Sharonda Tellis; second grade - Kylan Kemp, Meocesha Harris, Jordan Taylor; third grade - Megan McConville, Damian Gardner, Jeanette Ramirez; fourth grade - Danielle Rhodes, Aunteia Lovett, Charlisha Burges; and fifth grade - Melissa Elliott, Viviana Escalera, and Travis Moore.

Local sponsors included: Academy Sports and Outdoors, Ansco Data Systems, Aventis Pasteur Inc., Belle Isle Wal-Mart, Boomerang Grill on N. May Ave., Bricktown Ball Park, Cici’s Pizza on May Ave., Cowboy Hall of Fame, First Enterprise Bank, Fitzhugh’s, Frontier City Theme Park, International House of Pancakes, J.K. Enterprise, Kickingbird Cinema 8, Office Depot, Oklahoma City Arts Center, Oklahoma Firefighters Museum, Oklahoma Museum of Art, Oklahoma Museum of History, Omniplex, Papa John’s Pizza on Penn. Ave., Pizza Hut on Danforth Rd., Precious Pets Ranch, Schlotsky’s Deli on Memorial Rd., Spaghetti warehouse in Bricktown, Staples on May and 63rd, Taco Cabana on May Ave., Tan and Tone America Corp. Office, various Britton area Merchants, White Water Bay, the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Caring Van, Oklahoma County Immunization Coalition, and the OSDH.

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