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School Nurses in San Diego Tackle Low Meningitis Vaccination Rates
Date:8/17/2010

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About 10 percent of the 1,000 to 2,600 Americans who get meningococcal disease each year will die.  Death rates are up to five times higher among teenagers and young adults compared with other age groups.  Of those who survive, one in five is left with serious medical problems, including amputation of limbs, brain damage, deafness, and organ damage.

"Although meningococcal disease may be rare, the consequences of the disease are devastating," said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County Public Health Officer, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.  "Parents of adolescents and young adults should ensure that their children receive the recommended meningitis vaccine."

"We all are 'voices' of meningitis and it is our responsibility to spread the word and do everything we can to help prevent this devastating disease," said Parent.  "Every health-care visit is a vaccination opportunity."

About Voices of Meningitis

Voices of Meningitis 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 preteen and teenage children.

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, where visitors can hear the compelling stories of families that have been personally affected by meningitis and access educational information about the disease and the importance of vaccination.

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