Friday, February 20, 2009

Help Protect Your Kids From Meningitis

Make sure you know how to protect your family and ask your child’s health-care provider about how to protect your child against meningococcal disease.

What is meningococcal disease and meningitis?
  • An infection with meningococcal bacteria causes a serious, potentially fatal but rare infection called meningococcal disease. You may have heard it referred to as bacterial meningitis.
How does a person catch meningitis?
  • Although meningitis is not common, a person can catch it by having close personal contact with a person who is sick with the disease. You can also become infected by a carrier — a person who has the bacteria in their nose and throat but never becomes sick.
  • It's important to note that t/weens and young adults are at increased risk for catching the disease.
How can a person prevent meningitis?
  • While there isn’t a way to be 100 percent protected, you can help reduce the risk of getting meningitis by avoiding the behaviors that spread it.
  • There is also a vaccination that can help prevent it. Ask your child's health-care provider about how to protect your child against meningococcal disease.
Learn more at: FightMeningitis.com

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Black History Month Lesson Plans


In honor Black History Month, the Knowledge Essentials team has created a series of free lesson plans on Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, School Desegregation and the Civil Rights Movement.

You can find these lesson plans and activity sheets, along with our entire repository of open educational resources, over on our LearnHub Knowledge Essentials page.

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