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

es, such as sharing drinking glasses, living in close quarters like dormitories or overnight 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 single day.

Meningococcal vaccination is recommended for preteens and teens.  Parents should talk to their child's school nurse or health-care provider for more information.

Vaccines are available for people who wish to reduce their risk for contracting the disease.

About the National Association of School Nurses

The National Association of School Nurses is a non-profit specialty nursing organization, organized in 1968 and incorporated in 1977, representing school nurses exclusively.  NASN has over 14,000 members and 51 affiliates, including the District of Columbia and overseas.  The mission of the NASN is "to improve the health and educational success of children and youth by developing and providing leadership to advance the school nursing practice."  The Colorado Association of School Nurses (CASN) is an affiliate of the NASN.

For More Information

For more information about the Voices of Meningitis educational initiative, visit www.VoicesOfMeningitis.org.  For information about the National Association of School Nurses, or for state specific information, visit www.nasn.org or call 866-627-6767.  

Voices of Meningitis is a program of the National Association of School Nurses in collaboration with Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi.


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