Edmonton Oiler Takes a Shot For Meningitis Awareness!



    - Sheldon Souray unites with Dr. John Yaremko to raise awareness about
    meningitis and ensure Canadian youth have a healthy hockey season -

    EDMONTON, Feb. 28 /CNW/ -

    
    What:     During the Edmonton Oilers Skills Competition, Sheldon Souray
              will be onsite to help young tournament players and hockey
              enthusiasts with their shooting skills, while raising awareness
              about bacterial meningitis. Joined by Dr. John Yaremko, the
              onsite event will engage children and parents alike to ensure
              they have a safe and healthy hockey season!

              PHOTO and BROADCAST visual opportunities with Sheldon Souray
              onsite and INTERVIEWS with the physician are available prior to
              the event.

    Who:      Sheldon Souray, defenceman, Edmonton Oilers
              Dr. John Yaremko, family physician, pediatrician

    When:     March 1, 2008 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Where:    Rexall Place
              7424 118 Ave. N.W
              Edmonton

    Meningococcal Meningitis Quick Facts:
    -  Meningococcal meningitis is a rare but serious bacterial infection
       that can be spread from one person to another through close contact
       involving secretions from the nose or throat, such as kissing, sharing
       eating utensils or water bottles.
    -  Anyone can get meningococcal meningitis, but a large number of cases
       occur in children and adolescents from one to 19 years of age.
    -  Meningococcal meningitis often begins with symptoms that can be
       mistaken for common viral illnesses, such as the flu. But unlike more
       common infections, meningococcal meningitis can progress very rapidly
       and cause death in 48 hours or less.
    -  Four of the five bacterial strains that cause meningococcal meningitis
       (A, C, Y and W-135) are vaccine-preventable.
    





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For further information: Sarah Habib, (416) 847-1318,
Sarah.Habib@mslpr.ca; Onsite Media Contact: Jeanelle Frampton, (647) 208-4002
(cell)

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