/R E P E A T -- Media Alert - Kirk Muller steps out from behind the bench to take a shot for meningitis awareness/



    
    - Teams up with Montreal medical expert to raise awareness about
    meningococcal meningitis and warns hockey players they can get more than
    a penalty when sharing water bottles -
    

    MONTREAL, Feb. 5 /CNW/ -

    
    What:     When approximately 3,000 hockey players and their families
              converge at the 5th Dollard-des-Ormeaux APBM Hockey Tournament,
              Kirk Muller along with Dr. John Yaremko will be teaming up
              onsite to meet with hockey enthusiasts at the Take a Shot for
              Meningitis Protection booth. The pair will educate players and
              parents about meningococcal meningitis prevention and
              protection and the hidden dangers of sharing water bottles.
              They will also offer hockey and health tips to ensure players
              and families remain safe and healthy while participating in
              sports.

              Onsite INTERVIEWS, PHOTOS and BROADCAST opportunities with Kirk
              Muller and Dr. John Yaremko are available.

    Who:      Kirk Muller, Assistant Coach, Montreal Canadiens (former
              Captain and Stanley Cup Winner, Montreal Canadiens)

              Dr. John Yaremko, Pediatrics, Montreal Children's Hospital and
              Assistant Professor, McGill University

    When:     Take a Shot for Meningitis Protection,
              Saturday, February 7, 2009, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
              Dr. John Yaremko - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
              Kirk Muller - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Where:    Dollard/Roxboro Civic Center
              Welcome Area/Main Entrance
              12001 Boul. de Salaberry, Dollard-des-Ormeaux

    Meningococcal Disease Quick Facts:

    -   Meningococcal meningitis is a serious bacterial infection that can be
        spread from one person to another through close contact involving
        secretions from the nose or throat, such as sharing water bottles and
        kissing.
    -   Meningococcal disease, such as meningococcal meningitis, strikes
        approximately 200 Canadians each year, mostly children and teens.
    -   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 24 to 48 hours.
    -   Four of the five bacterial strains that cause meningococcal
        meningitis (A, C, Y and W-135) are vaccine-preventable.
    




For further information:

For further information: or interviews with Kirk Muller or Dr. Yaremko,
please contact: Jennifer Runza, MS&L, T: (416) 847-1329, On-site cell: (416)
319-0014, E: jennifer.runza@mslworldwide.com; André Beaulieu, MS&L, T: (514)
393-3444, On-site cell: (514) 217-8327, E: abcommunication@vdn.ca

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