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

ease is a serious infection that can cause meningitis (swelling of the brain or spinal cord) or meningococcemia (blood infection).  The disease can be spread through common everyday activities, such as sharing eating utensils and 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.

Public health officials recommend meningococcal vaccination for preteens and teens 11 through 18 years of age, college freshmen living in dormitories, and children 2 through 10 years of age who are at increased risk or if elected by their health-care providers and parents.

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 (NASN) 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."

About the California School Nurses Organization

The California School Nurses Organization (CSNO) is an affiliate of the NASN.  The CSNO was formally organized in 1950, following two years of meetings for "the promotion of comprehensive and constructive school health programs."  Today, the organization's goals continue to be the promotion of comprehensive school health programs, leadership development, legislative advoca
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