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Miami HEAT Forward Juwan Howard and NBA Legend Bob Lanier Join Vaccines for Teens Educational Campaign to Urge Local Teens to Take Their Best Shot at Health
Date:2/9/2011

mmunity health issue. To help protect adolescents, the Florida Department of Health requires one tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) booster prior to entering seventh grade. Meningococcal disease cases also peak during the late-winter months.  Cases of meningococcal disease have been rising in Florida, with 59 cases confirmed in 2010, reinforcing the need for Miami area parents to have their children vaccinated against this potentially deadly disease.

Additionally, with seasonal influenza currently circulating in the area, the CDC is encouraging preteens and teens to be vaccinated against the virus. Between 20,924 and 83,696 Miami-area residents suffer from influenza annually, yet immunization rates fall short each year.

"With teens in such close contact in classrooms and on school sports teams, these infectious diseases can spread easily from student to student," said Lawrence Friedman, MD of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine and Director, Adolescent Medicine Program, University of Miami. "Vaccination is a safe and effective way to help teens stay protected, yet immunization rates remain low in this population."

Teens and their parents can learn more about risk factors for getting sick with vaccine-preventable diseases, and the benefits of vaccination, by visiting www.vaccinesforteens.net.

About Vaccine-preventable Adolescent Diseases Immunization is critically important for adolescents because they are at risk for serious and potentially life-threatening diseases.

InfluenzaInfluenza 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. Vaccination is the best protection against the spread of the influenza virus. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and olde
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