Getting the Word Out on Meningitis Danger
By Joe Goldeen
Record Staff Writer
August 17, 2011 12:00 AM
STOCKTON - Add advocacy to the multiple roles that school nurses play these days in the lives of students.
"We have a campaign going on now to get children vaccinated for meningitis. Pretty much, most of the school nurses across this region have been putting the word out. Meningitis is often very devastating. It can actually kill a healthy young person in just a day," said registered nurse Robin Orr, nurse coordinator for the San Joaquin County Office of Education and president of the California School Nurses Organization northern section.
"We are trying to get parents aware."
Orr's organization is promoting Voices of Meningitis, an educational campaign from the National Association of School Nurses in collaboration with Sanofi Pasteur, a major vaccine manufacturer based in France.
According to Orr, the campaign brings together many "voices" of meningitis - school nurses, parents, survivors of the disease and public health officials - to help educate families of preteens and teens about the dangers of meningococcal meningitis and the importance of vaccination.
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