Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial
infection that can cause meningitis and take the
life of a child in just a single day. While
meningitis is rare, common everyday activities—such
as kissing and sharing drinking glasses—can put even
healthy kids at risk for getting the disease.
Anyone can get meningitis, but preteens and teens
are at greater risk for infection, and more likely
to die from the disease compared with other age
groups. Meningitis vaccination is particularly
important because the disease moves quickly and can
be hard to recognize, especially in its early stages
when symptoms are similar to those of less serious
illnesses, such as common viral infections. The
Center For Disease Control (CDC) and Public health
officials recommend meningococcal vaccination for
preteens and teens.
The National Association of School Nurses has
fact sheet and a
video for your review. Please
take the time to read and view them, and have your
child vaccinated against the Meningococcal disease.
If you have any questions please feel free to email
me or call me at 845-680-1647.
Judy Flagg, R.N., B.S.N.
TZHS School Nurse
Important Reminder to Parents of Sophomores
New York State
mandates that all students entering Grade 10 have a
physical examination by a physician or physician’s