September 12, 2008

Meningitis is Focus of Sept. 17 Program

BETHEL - "What You Need to Know About Meningitis" will be presented by Jeri Brooks Greenwell from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the West Parish Congregational Church Hall, Church Street.

The free program is appropriate for parents, grandparents and caregivers of adolescents. In addition to showing a video, Greenwell will bring the latest information and pamphlets to her workshop.

For the past five years since losing her son to meningitis, Greenwell has made it her goal to educate others about the potentially fatal disease and the benefits of immunization. She has met with staff members of many hospitals and other health professionals, as well as attending Maine immunization conferences.

Greenwell has also become a member of the National Meningitis Association board of advisers and the association's Moms on Meningitis. She was recently invited to join the state immunization coalition.

Greenwell said her most important message concurs with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends vaccination for pre-teens at their annual doctor visits at ages 11 or 12. For those not previously vaccinated, immunization is recommended before entering high school and for college freshmen living in dormitories.

Greenwell met with the staff at Bethel Family Health Center last spring and presented her program. That prompted the To Your Health Committee to schedule the program for the public.

For more information, call R. Tifft at 824-2053.

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