- 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
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
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; André Beaulieu, MS&L, T: (514)
393-3444, On-site cell: (514) 217-8327, E: email@example.com