SAMPLE LETTER FOR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION/SUPERINTENDENT by ZY8OY2rq

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									          SAMPLE LETTER FOR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION/SUPERINTENDENT

[INSERT DATE]

Dear [INSERT ADMINISTRATOR NAME]:

As [INSERT AFFILIATION (e.g., a member, president)] of the [INSERT SCHOOL] PTA, I’m writing to
inform you about a potentially deadly bacterial infection that can strike adolescents and young adults in
our community called meningococcal disease. I hope you will support my efforts to generate awareness
about the disease and prevention among parents in [INSERT SCHOOL DISTRICT].

Meningococcal infection, commonly called meningitis, can be very serious. The infection causes swelling
of the lining around the brain and spinal cord or blood infection. The disease is rare, but it can be
devastating. Although people of any age can get meningococcal disease, adolescents and young adults are
at greater risk. Even with prompt treatment, one in seven will die, and up to one in five survivors will
suffer long-term disabilities, such as brain damage, hearing loss, loss of kidney function or limb
amputations.

Meningococcal disease comes on quickly and can cause death or permanent disability within hours. It’s
often misdiagnosed, since early symptoms can resemble the flu, which makes prevention critical. The
majority of cases occurring among adolescents and young adults may be prevented through vaccination.

Meningococcal vaccines are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use among persons
aged 9 months and older. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends
vaccination for all 11-12 year olds, with a booster dose at age 16.

[INSERT NAME OF PTA] has joined the National Meningitis Association (NMA) in its efforts to inform
[middle/high] school students and parents in our community about this potentially deadly disease.
[INSERT PTA] and NMA want parents to know that this devastating illness can be prevented.

We hope you see the importance of educating parents and students about this issue and support us in our
efforts to encourage them to speak with their child’s physician about meningococcal and other adolescent
vaccines.

The National Meningitis Association was founded by parents whose children either died from
meningococcal disease or survived with permanent disabilities. NMA is dedicated to educating
communities about the dangers of meningococcal disease and prevention approaches to the disease. If you
have any questions, please contact NMA at 1-866-FONE-NMA or support@nmaus.org.

Sincerely,
[INSERT NAME AND TITLE]

								
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