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School Nurses Tackle Low Parental Awareness of Meningitis Via Comprehensive National Public Education Campaign
Date:8/24/2009

ve encompasses a multitude of national media and public service activities, including television and radio public service announcements featuring Lori Loughlin. The program also will equip thousands of school nurses throughout the U.S. with comprehensive messages and educational materials to reach communities with this important health message.

In addition, Voices of Meningitis offers a comprehensive Web site, www.VoicesOfMeningitis.org, where visitors can hear the compelling stories of families that have been personally affected by meningitis and access information about the disease and the importance of vaccination.

"Meningitis has cut short and devastated the lives of too many young people," said Lori Loughlin. "As a mother of three, I helped to protect my children against this disease by ensuring they were vaccinated. I urge other parents to help protect their children as well by talking to their child's school nurse about meningitis prevention or calling their health-care provider to schedule a vaccination appointment."

About Meningococcal Disease

Meningococcal disease, which includes meningitis, is a serious bacterial infection that strikes between 1,000 to 2,600 Americans each year. Although rare, meningococcal disease can cause meningitis (swelling of the brain or spinal cord) or meningococcemia (blood infection). The disease can be spread through common everyday activities, such as sharing eating utensils and drinking glasses, living in close quarters like dormitories or summer camps, and kissing. Meningococcal disease can be hard to recognize, especially in its early stages, because symptoms are similar to those of more common viral illnesses. Unlike more common illnesses, the disease can progress quickly and may cause death or disability in just a sin
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