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Home Health United launches immunization program
for adolescents and young adults

Dear Parent,

If you are the parents of an adolescent or college-bound student, Home Health United wants you to know that your child is at increased risk for contracting meningococcal disease. This is a rare but serious bacterial infection that strikes quickly and within hours, can lead to death or severe disabilities, such as brain damage, hearing loss or limb amputation.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) now recommends that preteens at the preadolescent doctor's visit (11-to 12-year-olds), or adolescents at high school entry, or college freshmen living in dormitories be immunized against meningococcal disease.

Home Health United is encouraging parents to learn more about meningococcal disease and the new recommendations, and to consider immunizing their adolescent and college-bound children against this devastating disease. Immunization is the best way to prevent meningococcal disease.

HHU will hold an informational meeting July 28 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at our Madison West office, 4639 Hammersley Road. On Aug. 2 we will hold an immunization clinic for children 16 years or older at the same location from 3 to 5 p.m. Reservations are required and children under 18 must have parental consent.

For more information, or to make an appointment for immunization, contact me at 276-7583.

Sincerely,

Pat Harper, RN
Immunization Program Manager
Home Health United

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