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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2 comments:

Lynn said...

As a parent who lost a son 10 years ago, not knowing that this disease was potentially vaccine-preventable, I urge all parents to protect their children. The CDC recommends routine vaccination starting at age 11. Don't let what happened to my family happen to you. Please visit www.nmaus.org for more information.

derekbaird said...

Thanks for sharing your story Lynn. I'm so, so sorry to hear that you lost your son to this horrible disease.

I was motivated to write this post after we lost my aunt to meningitis last month.

I'll join you in urging all parents to talk to their doctor about getting their kids vaccinated.

This is especially important now that kids will be getting ready for summer camp, sports and other activities.

Thanks again for sharing your story.

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