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Actress Helps Promote New Campaign for Meningitis Vaccine
Date:9/11/2009

fness of the neck, a high fever and confusion," she noted. "But the symptoms can vary with age. When that group of symptoms is present, the child needs medical care immediately. This is an emergency, and even then it may be too late. So this is a disease that is best prevented."

To that end, Garcia advised that both versions of the two vaccines now available in the United States -- both produced by the drug manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur, a co-sponsor of the campaign -- have been around for many years, and "are considered safe and effective," she said.

"I can't think of any provider who would discourage a parent from getting their child vaccinated, but parents should absolutely discuss the issue with their health professional and make a decision," Garcia said. "I don't want any family to suffer the agony of this disease."

"Obviously, knowledge is power," echoed Loughlin. "And had I not been approached for this campaign or been a parent who goes for yearly check-ups, I, too, would have been in the dark about this. And I was very thankful to learn about it, and I have vaccinated my kids. So, from one mom to all the other moms out there, I just want to make them aware."

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For more on meningococcal meningitis, visit the National Meningitis Association.



SOURCES: Amy Garcia, R.N., executive director, National Association of School Nurses, Washington, D.C.; Lori Loughlin, actress


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