May 2, 2006
Media Release

Protect yourself Get the shot

York Region offers Meningitis C vaccine to youth
NEWMARKET York Region Health Services is offering two Meningitis C immunization clinics for Grade 10 students to encourage protection from this serious disease. The vaccine will also be available at the clinics to those aged 15-19 years should they be interested in receiving it.
Clinic dates:
Wednesday, May 17th, 2006
3:30 6:00 p.m.
York Region Health Services Office (Sexual Health Clinic)
4261 Highway #7 East, Unionville
Richmond Hill
Thursday, May 18th, 2006
3:30-6:00 p.m.
York Region South Service Centre (Sexual Health Clinic/2nd Floor)
50 High Tech Road, Richmond Hill (Yonge Street/Highway #7 area)
These clinics are a part of a provincially funded campaign that aims to offer free Meningitis C vaccines to the approximately 84,000 youth who live in York Region. The vaccine is also available through your family doctor.
Meningitis C is a bacterial infection of the blood, lining of the brain and/or spinal cord. It can start suddenly with a fever, headache, stiff neck and rash.  The bacteria which cause Meningitis C are found in the saliva of an infected person. Meningitis C spreads through coughing, sneezing, kissing, or sharing food, drinks or other items such as eating utensils, mouthpieces of musical instruments or cigarettes.
Youth are most at risk of getting Meningitis C. The more children in the high-risk groups are immunized, the less opportunity for this serious disease to spread.  The vaccine is effective, gives long-lasting protection and has few side effects.
For further information about Meningitis C and any other health-related questions, call York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or visit
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, York Region Health Services
 Phone:  (905) 830-4444 or after-hours pager (905) 830-3302

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