Meningitis can kill in a single day

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In celebration of National School Nurse Day on May 12, the California School Nurse Organization commends school nurses throughout our state for their numerous efforts to help keep kids healthy and ready to learn. As part of those efforts, California school nurses have joined the National Association of School Nurses’ Voices of Meningitis campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of meningococcal disease and importance of vaccination in our communities. Although rare, meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial infection that can cause meningitis and take the life of a child in a single day. Health officials recommend vaccination for preteens and teens aged 11-18 and college freshmen living in dormitories. Yet, only 48 percent of teens aged 13-17 in California received the recommended meningococcal vaccine, which is why the California School Nurse Organization has committed to raising awareness among our community. Parents with children who have not yet been immunized against meningococcal disease should schedule a vaccination appointment as soon as possible. School nurses are on the front line with students every day and National School Nurse Day is an opportunity to recognize all the contributions school nurses make to improve the health and success of our state’s children. Heidi Roome, School Nurse Folsom Cordova Unified School District Sacramento, CA