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Meningitis Vaccinations Recommended for Children Attending Summer Camps

  • Published: 2010-05-31 : Author: Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast Michigan
  • Synopsis: Children headed for summer camp are susceptible to bacterial meningitis.

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Parents may be surprised to learn that children headed for summer camp are susceptible to bacterial meningitis. VNA of Southeast Michigan is stressing the importance of vaccinating children for meningitis prior to their participation in summer camps.

Parents may be surprised to learn that children headed for summer camp are susceptible to bacterial meningitis. Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast Michigan is stressing the importance of vaccinating children for meningitis prior to their participation in summer camps. Bacterial meningitis is a rare but potentially fatal infection of the lining around the brain and spinal cord that can result in serious, permanent disability including amputation of the arms and legs, stroke, seizure and death.

"Parents may be familiar with the need for meningitis shots for their teens going off to college," said Kay Renny, Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast Michigan's manager of community programs, "but the need is just as important for children attending summer camp."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends the meningitis vaccination for adolescents 11 years and older, college freshmen and adults age 55 and younger. The vaccination last approximately 3-5 years.

Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast Michigan offers meningitis vaccinations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday thru Friday, at its Oak Park office located at 25900 Greenfield Road, Suite 600 Oak Park MI, 48237.Cost is $125 payable by cash or check. Walk-ins welcome; pre-registration is preferred. Consent forms can be downloaded at www.vna.org. To reserve your shot or for more information, call (248) 967-8755.

About VNA of Southeast Michigan

Founded in 1898 and headquartered in Oak Park, Mich., Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast Michigan (VNA) and is the largest, independent nonprofit provider of home health care and hospice services. VNA also makes immunizations for more than 12 diseases, influenza, and travel vaccinations, accessible to the public through walk in clinics.

Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast Michigan is the largest, independent nonprofit provider of home care, hospice and corporate wellness services for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties and surrounding communities in Michigan.

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