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Kelli Damstra


Central Focus: The focus of this paper is to analyze the amount of children vaccinated in the Kent County School District. After determining the percentage of vaccinated children, we plan to implement an intervention to promote vaccination education to parents in the Grand Rapids area as well as increase awareness of the detrimental complications of refusing vaccinations. We are going to interview administrators in the school districts in Kent County, along with school nurses and Primary Care Providers to determine what they believe the issues surrounding the vaccination rates in this area are. After obtaining this information, we are going to create an intervention to promote awareness of the need for vaccinations in the form of an educational session, handout, or pamphlet. Higher rates of vaccination amongst school-aged children provide protection not only for the recipient, but for the student population and society as a whole.

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