When it comes to high school sports, moms do all they can to protect their kids from harm – from the right equipment to protective gear. But, there is one thing moms might be forgetting to guard their children against – potentially fatal meningococcal disease.
This disease is caused by a serious bacterial infection that includes meningitis, an infection of the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord, and meningococcemia, a severe blood infection. This can be mistaken for the flu or other common viral illnesses, but unlike a common virus, meningococcal disease, although rare, can progress very rapidly and potentially kill an otherwise healthy young person within 24 hours. Importantly, teens and young adults are at greater risk for the disease because when they are playing sports, they may share water bottles or equipment that could put them at risk for contracting the disease.
That is why Dara Torres, mom and 12-time Olympic medalist, is teaming up with Beth Mattey, President Elect of the National Association of School Nurses to launch Get in the Game, a national initiative powered by Voices of Meningitis to help educate and motivate parents to protect their teens and speak with their doctor about meningococcal vaccination. For more information click here.