Media Alert - Major League Soccer All-Star Pat Onstad Takes a Shot For Meningitis Awareness!

         - Teams up with B.C. medical expert to raise awareness about
    meningococcal meningitis, while informing soccer players they can get
              more than a red card when sharing water bottles -

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 8 /CNW/ -

    What:   During Beach Soccer Blast, an annual fun-filled event held at
            Spanish Banks Beach, Pro soccer player and Vancouver native Pat
            Onstad will be onsite to meet with soccer enthusiasts, while
            raising awareness about meningococcal meningitis prevention and
            protection. Joined by Dr. William Abelson, the pair will engage
            children and parents alike, handing out water bottles and
            offering advice to ensure Canadians remain safe and healthy while
            participating in sports!

            INTERVIEWS, PHOTO and BROADCAST opportunities with Pat Onstad and
            Dr. Abelson available onsite.

    Who:    Pat Onstad, Goal Keeper for the Houston Dynamo of the MLS
            Dr. William Abelson, Pediatrician & President, British Columbia
             Pediatric Society
            Colin Campbell, B.C. parent advocate

    When:   Saturday, August 9, 2008
            12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

    Where:  Beach Soccer Blast
            Spanish Banks Beach East
            Off of 4th Avenue North on Tolmie St.
            Vancouver, B.C
            (*)Tent located at the foot of the hill

    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. The British Columbia
       Pediatric Society (BCPS) recommends physicians consider the use of an
       available vaccine that provides broad protection against all four of
       the preventable strains.

For further information:

For further information: Ann Gibbon, T: (604) 263-0634, C: (778)
999-0064,; Jennifer Runza, MS&L, C: (416)

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