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National Survey Shows: Vast Majority of Preteens and Teens Engage in Activities That May Put Them at Risk for Contracting Meningitis
Date:8/3/2011

gainst meningitis, and at the same time are regularly engaging in behaviors that may put them at risk," said Linda Davis-Alldritt, MA, BSN, RN, FNASN, FASHA, President of the NASN. "While we may not be able to prevent our teens from engaging in these activities, we can take steps to help protect them by making sure they are immunized against meningitis."

Disney Star Nearly Died from Meningitis

Tiffany Thornton, star of the Disney Channel's So Random!, nearly lost her life to meningococcal disease as a teen. She and her family were not aware that preteens and teens are recommended for vaccination before she fell ill.

Ms. Thornton now is the national spokesperson for the Voices of Meningitis initiative, which is the NASN's meningococcal disease educational initiative in collaboration with Sanofi Pasteur. The campaign aims to increase awareness about meningococcal immunization for preteens and teens.

"One day I was fine, and the next day I was in the hospital fighting for my life – it happened that fast," said Ms. Thornton. "If my parents and I had known that teens are at greater risk for meningitis, I would've been vaccinated. Families should talk to their child's school nurse or health-care provider about vaccination today, to help them avoid what my parents and I went through."

As part of the Voices of Meningitis back to school effort, Ms. Thornton will participate in national media activities aimed at reaching parents and adolescents with vaccination information and encourage them to learn more about the disease via the campaign's website, www.VoicesOfMeningitis.org.

About Voices of Meningitis

Voices of Meningitis brings together the many "voices" of meningitis – celebrity spokesperson Tiffany Thornton, school nur
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