Whether we like it or not, germs are everywhere and they lurk in all the places that our kids hang out. Think about classrooms, playgrounds, books and toys—prime breeding grounds. Studies show that about 80% of the infections many of us suffer are caused by germs transferred from other people.
Sure, not all germs are bad and some exposure to them can even help build a stronger immune system. But what about when those germs are life threatening? Of course you want to do anything you can to ensure that your child is not exposed or vulnerable to those kinds of germs.
Consider this: invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) is one of the most devastating diseases, affecting 200–300 Canadians each year. Each week, an average of four Canadians, mostly children and teens, are infected with invasive meningococcal disease. It can be transmitted in a number of ways, such as coughing, kissing, sharing drinks, water bottles or eating utensils. It can cause serious illness, long-term disabilities such as amputation and neurological damage, and death. In fatal cases, death can occur within 24 to 48 hours with the onset of flu-like symptoms.
Luckily, there is help. Menactra® is the only meningococcal conjugate vaccine that protects against all four vaccine preventable strains with over 5 years of real world experience, and over 30 million doses distributed.
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