Meningitis Awareness and Prevention Month

The MFA has declared August Meningitis Awareness and Prevention Month in the hopes of raising awareness of the symptoms, treatment and prevention of meningitis. Hopefully, you can help us spread this important message.

Know the Symptoms: Meningitis is deceptive, potentially fatal and it progresses rapidly. The very young and the very old are the most susceptible, however meningitis can strike anyone at any time. Trevor Nelson, a producer for CBS News’ 60 Minutes, died July 24 from complications from meningitis. He was 34.

Conquering Meningitis: As recently as 17 years ago, approximately 9,000 children age 5 and younger contracted meningitis each year. Many of them died or were severely damaged forever. Fortunately, life-saving vaccines against the three most common causes of bacterial meningitis have dramatically reduced the number of children killed or injured by meningitis.

Back to School: Students, pre-school through college, are heading back to school this time of year, but many of them are unaware that they may be at risk for meningitis infection. Pre-school and college students are more likely than others their age to contract meningitis, a deceptive, potentially fatal disease that progresses rapidly.

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