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NBA and WNBA Help Teens Take Their Best Shot at Health With New Vaccines for Teens Educational Campaign
Date:2/23/2009

from person to person during everyday activities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other leading medical groups recommend vaccination for preteens and teens against all three of these diseases.

"Although there are safe and effective vaccines available to help protect preteens and teens from these serious and contagious diseases, immunization rates still remain alarmingly low," said Dr. Richard Kreipe, President of SAM. "Clearly, educational programs are still critical, and Vaccines for Teens will utilize the widespread popularity of professional basketball to reach teens and their parents with these potentially life-saving messages."

Vaccines for Teens will roll out a series of additional initiatives as part of the campaign, including educational materials distributed through the league's Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA program, and a newly launched Web site, www.vaccinesforteens.net, to educate teens and their parents and encourage them to discuss immunization with their health care providers.

"Vaccines for Teens is a great complement to NBA Cares and WNBA Cares, and our work with internationally recognized youth-serving programs that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes," said Kathy Behrens, NBA Executive Vice President, Social Responsibility & Player Programs.

About Vaccine-Preventable Adolescent Diseases

Immunization is critically important for adolescents because they are at risk for serious and potentially life-threatening diseases. Additionally, immunity from some childhood vaccines, such as whooping cough, may lessen over time, so teens who don't receive a booster vaccine may become vulnerable.

Meningococcal Disease / Meningococcal Meningitis

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