When I was contacted to spread the word about Voices of Meningitis, of course I said yes. I listened to the testimonies of people who have been affected by this disease, I encourage you to check them here. Each of their words speaks more than a thousand of mine could.
The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) and families affected by a potentially deadly form of meningitis, in collaboration with Sanofi Pasteur, has launched a national consumer education initiative, called Voices of Meningitis. The mission of the NASN is “to advance the delivery of professional school health services to promote optimal health and learning in students” and with this campaign they want to make sure all populations, including hispanics, get the proper information about this disease.
Meningococcal disease, which includes meningitis, is a serious bacterial infection that strikes between 1,000 to 2,600 Americans each year. Although rare, meningococcal disease can cause meningitis (swelling of the brain or spinal cord) or meningococcemia (blood infection). The National Meningitis Association says adolescents and young adults have an increased incidence of meningococcal disease compared to the general population. The disease is especially significant among college students, since studies show freshmen living in dorms are particularly vulnerable to meningococcal disease.
To know more about this initiative and learn from families affected by this infection, please refer to the following web pages.