NBA Cares brings vaccine awareness to Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE NBA Cares is continuing its efforts to encourage teens to get vaccinated to prevent contracting potentially life-threatening diseases.

In partnership with the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, NBA Cares has enlisted Basketball Hall of Famer and former Milwaukee Bucks player Bob Lanier and current Milwaukee Bucks player and Vaccines for Teens spokesperson Jerry Stackhouse to bring the national awareness campaign to the local community. To tip off the local campaign, Lanier and Stackhouse appeared at the Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to urge parents of preteens and teens to discuss adolescent vaccinations with their family physicians.

Teens are at risk for influenza, including seasonal strains and the H1N1 virus, as well as other serious infectious diseases such as meningococcal disease (including meningitis) and whooping cough (pertussis).  The basketball superstars and local community leaders agree that because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other leading medical groups recommend vaccination for preteens and teens against influenza, meningococcal disease, whooping cough and human papillomavirus, it is now more important than ever to help protect preteens and teens in the Milwaukee area from potentially life-threatening complications of these diseases.

"Vaccination can help teens grow into healthy adults, and is beneficial for the students at Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts and for teens throughout the Milwaukee area," said Stackhouse.  "In basketball, the best offense is a good defense, and the same holds true for protecting teen health."

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