Friday, April 22, 2011

World Meningitis Day

BALTIMORE- This Sunday, April 24th, is “World Meningitis Day”. The goal is to create awareness about the preventive medicines available and gain support for those dealing with Meningitis. The Confederation of Meningitis Organization (CoMo) encourages people to “join hands” in their virtual community or become a member of CoMo at This global community has expanded drastically over the past two years; starting in North and South America reaching into the Indian Subcontinent, Asia and Australia to “joining hands” across state lines, country borders and continents.

“No one should ever have to see their children, siblings, friends or classmates suffer or die from a disease that is vaccine-preventable,” says Bruce Langoulant, President and Member of the Governing Council of CoMO, and father of a Meningitis survivor. Once infected with the disease, most damage is irreversible, resulting in deafness, epilepsy, brain damage, and even loss of limbs. “We recognize the dangers of Meningitis and the importance of being vaccinated against the disease,” notes Fran Lessans, Founder and CEO of Passport Health, the largest provider of travel medical services and immunizations in the U.S. “Meningitis affects people all over the world. Travelers need to be protected whether they are traveling for leisure, business or going on a mission trip. Our Travel Medicine Specialists will ensure you are properly prepared for your trip no matter where you are going,” adds Lessans.

Meningitis is a potentially deadly inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, which can be the result of infection by bacteria, viruses and fungi. Bacterial meningitis is the most severe type. It can strike quickly, is often difficult to diagnose, and can lead to death in a matter of hours.

To protect yourself, your family and community, get vaccinated and educated. For more information, visit or call 1-888-499-PASS (7277) to find the nearest Passport Health location.

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