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Denver School Nurses Unite Community in the Fight against Meningitis, a Potentially Deadly Disease
Date:6/15/2011

gitis when she was a sophomore in college.

"I want to help prevent the harmful effects of meningitis from happening to others in the Denver area," said Mrs. Sentel.  "This disease may be prevented through vaccination.  I strongly urge parents to vaccinate their children and 'Pass the Voice' to other parents with teenage children."

Every health-care visit is an opportunity to discuss meningococcal vaccination.  Vaccination has been available for years and is a safe and effective way to help prevent meningitis, according to Ms. Asher.

About Voices of Meningitis

The Voices of Meningitis campaign brings together the many "voices" of meningitis – school nurses, parents whose children have been affected by the disease, survivors of meningococcal meningitis and public health professionals – to raise awareness about the dangers of meningococcal meningitis and the importance of prevention for preteens and teens.  

Voices of Meningitis includes educational materials for the public and health-care providers, as well as a public service campaign featuring school nurses, disease survivors and families affected by meningitis.  The campaign also features a comprehensive website, www.VoicesOfMeningitis.org, and Facebook page, "Raise Your Voice Against Meningitis," where visitors can hear the compelling stories of families that have been personally affected by meningitis and learn how they can raise their voices to help spread awareness about the importance of vaccination for preteens and teens.

About Meningococcal Disease

Meningococcal disease is a serious infection that can cause meningitis (swelling of the brain or spinal cord) or meningococcemia (blood infection).  The disease can be spread through common everyday activiti
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