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NFID Expands Educational Efforts To Reach Racial, Ethnic Families About Dangers of Meningitis
Date:12/2/2008

includes the following medical and advocacy organizations: the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College Health Association, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, National Asian Women's Health Organization, National Association of County & City Health Officials, National Association of School Nurses, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association, National Meningitis Association, and the Society for Adolescent Medicine. The goals of S.T.O.P. Meningitis! are supported by the CDC.

The Call to Action can be accessed on the NFID Web site at www.nfid.org. Also available on the Web site are downloadable resource materials to support implementation of in-practice meningococcal immunization programs. These materials are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Cambodian, Loatian, Japanese, Tagalog, Korean and Vietnamese.

About Meningococcal Disease

Meningococcal disease is a potentially life-threatening infection caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis. The disease affects an estimated 1,400 to 2,800 persons in the U.S. each year. Adolescents and young adults are at increased risk for meningococcal disease, accounting for nearly 30 percent of all cases. Meningococcal disease can be difficult to diagnose since early symptoms resemble the flu. Symptoms of meningococcal disease may include high fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, exhaustion and/or a rash. Nearly 15 percent of adolescents infected with the disease will die. Of those who survive, about 20 percent will be left with permanent disabilities, such as limb amputations, organ failure or hearing loss. The majority of meningococcal disease cases among adolescents and young adults can potentially be prevented through
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