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National Call-to-Action to Boost Meningitis Vaccination Rates Supported by Leading Health Organizations, Urges Nashville Parents to Vaccinate Preteens and Teens
Date:8/15/2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Tennessee Association of School Nurses (TASN) has joined more than 30 state and national health organizations across the country in support of the Voices of Meningitis "Boost Our Rates!" initiative, to help educate parents about the importance of meningococcal vaccination for their preteens and teens. With only 50.6 percent of Tennessee teens currently vaccinated against meningococcal infection, which can cause meningitis, the TASN is bringing "Boost Our Rates!" to Nashville this back-to-school season.

Along with school nurses, community organizations and Nashville-area residents who have been affected by meningitis are also calling on parents to get their preteen and teen children vaccinated. Public health officials recommend vaccination for preteens and teens starting at age 11 or 12 years, with a booster dose by 18 years of age to help protect them during the years when they are at greatest risk of infection. 

"I learned about meningitis the worst way possible," said Nashville-area resident Marsha Buchanan. "My two sons were hospitalized with meningitis and my older boy had to have his legs amputated to stop the spread of the disease. Today they are healthy but the experience has always stayed with me, and I hope that my story will motivate other parents to help protect their own children by getting them vaccinated."

Vaccination is the most effective way to help prevent meningococcal meningitis, which may be rare but can kill an otherwise healthy child in just a single day. Back-to-school time is an especially important opportunity for parents to get their children vaccinated, as many activities that go hand-in-hand with preteens and teens returning to school, such as sharing drinking glasses and water bottles, kissing and being in close proximity for long periods of time, can increase their risk for contracting meningitis.

"School nurses are on the front lines every day when it comes to protecting our students' health, so we see how devastating infectious diseases can be, especially meningitis," said Lisa Nistler, RN, President-Elect of TASN. "Parents can take an easy step toward helping protect their preteens and teens now by getting them vaccinated against meningitis."

About Voices of Meningitis "Boost Our Rates!"

The Voices of Meningitis "Boost Our Rates!" initiative from the National Association of School Nurses with support from Sanofi Pasteur 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 vaccination for preteens and teens. More than 34 state and national health organizations have pledged their support to spread this important message and "boost" meningococcal vaccination rates among adolescents.  To view a list of supporting organizations, visit http://portal.nasn.org/VOMProclamation/.

Voices of Meningitis "Boost Our Rates!" offers educational materials for parents and health care providers and features a comprehensive website, www.VoicesOfMeningitis.org, and a Facebook page where visitors can join the conversation and hear compelling stories of families who have been personally affected by meningitis.

About Meningococcal Disease

Meningococcal disease is a serious infection that includes meningitis (swelling of the brain or spinal cord) and meningococcemia (blood infection). Activities common among adolescents, such as sharing drinking glasses, living in close quarters like dormitories or overnight summer camps and kissing, can increase their risk for contracting the disease. Meningococcal disease can be hard to recognize, especially in its early stages, because symptoms are similar to those of common viral illnesses. Unlike more common illnesses, the disease can progress quickly and may cause death or disability in just a single day. Vaccination against meningococcal disease has been available for decades for people who have wished to reduce their risk for contracting the disease.

Public health officials recommend meningococcal vaccination for adolescents starting at age 11 or 12, with a booster dose by 18 years of age. Parents should talk to their school nurse or health care provider for more information.

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 15,000 members and 51 affiliates, including the District of Columbia and overseas. The mission of the NASN is "to advance the specialty practice of school nursing to improve the health and academic success of all students." To learn more about the NASN, please visit us on the Web at www.nasn.org. The Tennessee Association of School Nurses is an affiliate of the NASN.

For More Information

For more information about the Voices of Meningitis educational initiative, visit www.VoicesOfMeningitis.org, or join the conversation on Facebook.  For information about the National Association of School Nurses, visit www.nasn.org or call 866-627-6767. 

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


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