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Meningitis Awareness Promoted by California School Nurses Organization and Sacramento County Board of Supervisors

A week-long campaign to promote meningitis vaccination and awareness of the potentially serious disease was launched on Monday by the California School Nurses Organization (CSNO), the Sacramento Board of Supervisors, the Sacramento Healthy Community Immunization Coalition and the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services.

Known as the Voices of Meningitis Week, the August 16-20 promotion is designed to educate the families of Northern California-area adolescents and preteens about the vaccination and other preventative measures against the dangerous meningococcal meningitis.

According to a news release issued by the public coalition, the disease is rare but can often have fatal consequences for its victims, particularly children. Sacramento’s public health officials encourage young adults and preteens aged 11 to 18-years-old, as well as freshmen-level college students based in dormitories to be vaccinated against the fast-acting condition.

Meningitis, also known as meningococcal disease, is caused by an inflammation of the protective membranes of the brain and spinal cord, called meninges. This inflammation may be caused by bacteria, virus, injury, drugs or cancer-based spinal fluid infections. Bacterial meningitis, commonly called spinal meningitis, is typically the most serious form of the disease.

Although often treatable with antibiotics, this rapidly-spreading variant of the disease may cause serious physical injury or death if left undetected. Early detection of spinal meningitis may help prevent fatalities; however, some of the most frequent signs of the disease like nausea, light sensitivity and vomiting may resemble other common illnesses.

While the disease may be especially devastating to children, recent surveys by the National Immunization Survey identified less than half of California’s 13-17 year-old population has been properly immunized against meningitis—numbers far below the recommended 90 percent vaccination rate issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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