New Meningococcal Meningitis Awareness Program, “Get in the Game” to Level Playing Field for Young Athletes

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Get in the Game urges parents to take action and vaccinate against meningococcal disease in advance of the upcoming sports season

  • Although rare, meningococcal disease develops rapidly and can claim the life of an otherwise healthy person in as little as one day after the first symptoms appear
  • Athletes can be at greater risk of exposure to meningococcal disease, because many sports involve being in cramped locker rooms, and taking long bus trips, which can facilitate the spread of germs from person to person
  • Data from the CDC have shown that, following infancy, there is a second peak in meningococcal disease incidence among adolescents and young adults between 16 and 21 years of age
  • To help protect against meningococcal disease, the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends routine vaccination of adolescents aged 11 through 18 years

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Thursday, September 12, 2013