The BCCDC Foundation for Public Health is proud to support an innovative new Canadian health platform designed to raise literacy about immunization in schools. At an event in Toronto on Monday, April 23rd 2018, the Federal Minister of Health, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, kicked off National Immunization Awareness Week by announcing the new platform – Kids Boost Immunity (KBI).
KBI is a new online educational website where B.C. students in Science 8 and Social Studies 6 learn and earn by taking online quizzes based on the school curriculum, and are awarded with vaccines purchased through UNICEF Canada to immunize children globally. The more questions a student answers correctly, the more vaccines they earn for UNICEF.
The Foundation has been involved in supporting KBI since its inception when it piloted in a few BC schools, with great response.
Students can access KBI using any device connected to the internet such as a laptop, desktop computer or their own smart phone. KBI incorporates videos, stories and articles that cover topics such as how the immune system and vaccines work, the history of vaccination, and epidemic and pandemic responses to global outbreaks.
Other features of KBI include a class leader-board that displays how many vaccines students and classes are earning in real-time, awards online badges to students and challenges other schools to make learning fun.
KBI is a Canadian vaccine education and advocacy platform made possible through a partnership between the Public Health Association of British Columbia, the BC Ministry of Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada. KBI is managed with assistance from the BC Centre for Disease Control with support from the BCCDC Foundation for Public Health, including the Pacific Blue Cross Foundation, Pfizer and Sanofi.
If you’re interested in learning more, or taking the quiz yourself to earn vaccines, click through to the Kids Boost Immunity website.