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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

meningitis, is a very serious disease that strikes between 1,000 to 2,600 people each year in the U.S., and can progress very quickly. The CDC recommends that all preteens and teens receive one meningococcal vaccine shot at 11 through 18 years of age.

Influenza, or the "Flu"

Influenza is a viral infection that can become serious enough to keep teens home from school, sports, and other activities. It can sometimes result in a visit to the hospital or lead to serious complications like pneumonia or even death. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months through 18 years of age receive an annual flu vaccination.

Pertussis, Commonly Called "Whooping Cough"

Pertussis is one of the most common respiratory diseases in American teens and adults and can be life-threatening if spread to infants. The CDC recommends a single dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine for people 11 through 64 years of age.

About the Vaccines for Teens Campaign

The NBA and the WNBA are collaborating with the Society for Adolescent Medicine (SAM) and sanofi pasteur on Vaccines for Teens, a national program designed to help educate parents and their teens about the importance of getting vaccinated.

About NBA Cares

NBA Cares is the league's social responsibility initiative that builds on the NBA's long tradition of addressing important social issues in the United States and around the world. Through this umbrella program, the NBA, its teams and players have donated more than $97 million to charity, provided more than 800,000 hours of hands-on service to communities around the world, and created more than 350 places where kids and families can live, learn, or play. NBA Cares works with internationally recognized youth-serving programs that support education, youth and family development, and health-
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