"Friendly rivalry" at Surrey elementary school led to more than 3,000 vaccinations being donated to UNICEF Canada for children all over the world
Kids Boost Immunity (Kids Boost Immunity – KBI) is a Canadian health platform designed to increase literacy on immunization in schools. The program, according to kidsboostimmunity.com, is "designed to be in line with provincial curricula in scientific and social studies around different vertices related to immunization and global health."
KBI was launched in April 2018. Kids Boost Immunity was piloted in B.C. before receiving funding from the Public Health Agency if Canada were to be extended to schools across the country for the school year 2019/2019.
The program website contains lesson plans that are paired with an online quiz.
Ian Roe, Kids Boost Immunity National Manager, said children can get one vaccine on a quiz, but they are caught there.
"You have to get 80 percent. There is some incentive for the child – if he did not get 80 percent – to come back and do it again, but have to ask all the questions again," he said. "Many children do this because they want to get a vaccine."
Senator Reid Elementary students in northern Surrey have been working on lesson plans and quizzes through Kids Boost Immunity since the beginning of the school year.
To date, 127 students in grades 5 through 7 answered over 50,000 questions and received 3,144 vaccines for children.
Christa Patey, 6/7, said his class started using the program and then attacked four other classes, including the Tanis Filiatrault Grade 6/7 class.
"We all like a friendly rival, we all play together, we all play together, we are very helpful," said Patey.
Then he attacked Class 5.
"They ended up being the first of us all, coming out of nothing," he said.
Patey said the program is planned specifically around grade 6 vaccination.
"We usually have to deal with this every year, and we always fear it. We try to take a stigma to get an unpleasant needle or big shots by bringing some of the problems facing children from other countries and adults from other countries, "Patey said.
"As soon as they realized this, they understood a little more that we were very privileged here to have access."
Filiatraultssid that as soon as students learn the vaccines, they will be donated, they are "super excited".
"This is one of the things we definitely love about, helping them connect with the rest of the world, helping children in other countries who do not have the same health benefits and opportunities we do," she said.
Being "mostly South Asian neighborhoods," Patey says, "Teachers" really realize the fact that many of these children and their families come from the situation in India, Pakistan and many Middle Eastern countries that do not have the same access to health care. "
"It really brings home and says," My cousins do not. My cousins can not get it because they live in the village and doctors come to them once a month, and then there are about 1,000 people, "he said.
Filiatrault said that through KBI, students and teachers learned that "1.5 million children are dying annually because of a preventive disease." She said that because the program's resources provide informed knowledge, "you know you can trust the information."
The KBI website says that "although vaccination is widely reported to be a miracle of modern medicine, spreading information about online misinformation has led to some parents choosing to skip some vaccines or altogether to avoid vaccination." As a result, the program was developed "as part of greater efforts to find new ways to prevent misinformation on the Internet."
Roe said the program was "a bit out of madness for quizzes."
"So many of them are now online from every strip you can imagine (such as)" Which game of the throne is a character? Take a quiz. "In a sense, it's like learning.
The map on the KBI website shows that there are currently eight schools participating in the program in Surrey.
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