~ Ontario medical expert and meningococcal meningitis survivors to
raise awareness about meningococcal meningitis, while informing soccer
players they can get more than a red card when sharing water bottles ~
BARRIE, ON, Aug. 24 /CNW/ -
What: At this weekend's All-Star Challenge soccer tournament,
an annual fun-filled event held in Barrie, soccer players and
tournament spectators will learn about broad protection against
meningococcal meningitis at the Take a Shot for Meningitis Protection
booth. Michael Cross, survivor of meningococcal meningitis; Katie
Grassie, mother of Keaton, who contracted meningococcal meningitis at
age 9; Mary Clough, who lost her daughter Macey to meningococcal
meningitis; and local physician Dr. Saul Greenberg, will be among the
3,500 players and fans, engaging children and parents alike with
experiences and information to ensure Canadians remain safe from the
four vaccine-preventable strains of meningococcal meningitis.
Join the fun on-site to learn about the importance of meningococcal
meningitis prevention and protection, and hear personal stories from
Michael, Mary, Katie and Keaton. Players and spectators will also be
provided with free water bottles to help reduce the risk of
transmission, be offered health tips, and can discuss broad protection
in children and teens against meningococcal meningitis.
INTERVIEWS, PHOTOS and BROADCAST opportunities are available.
Michael Cross, meningococcal meningitis survivor who
contracted a vaccine-preventable strain at a youth soccer tournament
in Montreal at age 16.
Katie Grassie, mother of Keaton
Grassie, who contracted a vaccine-preventable strain of the
disease at age 9, and had his lower legs amputated in order to
Mary Clough, daughter Macey contracted
meningococcal meningitis as a college student living on campus at
age 19, but did not survive her battle with a vaccine-preventable
strain of the disease.
Dr. Saul Greenberg, Associate
Professor of Pediatrics and Community Pediatrician.
Take a Shot for Meningitis Protection, Sunday, August 29, 2010
a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
All spokespeople on-site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Barrie Sports Complex
2100 Nursery Rd
(close to Barrie)
Invasive Meningococcal Disease (IMD) Quick Facts:
Meningococcal meningitis, a type of IMD, 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.
Each week, an average of four Canadians, mostly children and teens,
are infected with invasive meningococcal disease.
Meningococcal meningitis often begins with symptoms that can be
mistaken for common viral illnesses, such as the flu. Meningococcal
meningitis can progress very rapidly and cause death in 24 to 48 hours.
Four of the five common bacterial strains that cause meningococcal
meningitis are vaccine-preventable (A, C, Y and W-135).
Menactra® is a vaccine that protects against all four
vaccine-preventable stains of IMD, and has over five years real world
SOURCE Sanofi Pasteur
For further information: For further information:
or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Laine Jaremey, MS&L
On-site contact: 416-318-3047