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World Meningitis Day seeks to raise awareness about meningitis and the importance of being vaccinated. Go to http://www.comoonline.org/JoiningHands.aspx to virtually join hands against meningitis.

April 24, 2011 is World Meningitis Day, which seeks to raise awareness about meningitis and the importance of being vaccinated. World Meningitis Day is organized by The Confederation of Meningitis Organizations (CoMO), which was formed in 2004 and whose members include organizations and individuals in 19 countries across Europe, North and South America, Australia, the Philippines and Africa.

Meningitis is the name given to the inflammation of the membranes, called the meninges, which surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by many different organisms including bacteria, viruses and fungi. Vaccines are the only way to prevent meningitis and there are a number available against the different types and strains of bacteria. However, until there are vaccines against all causative bacteria it is vital to know the signs and symptoms and the actions to take.

In addition to encouraging participation in local events, CoMO invites all to log on to their website during April and join hands against meningitis in a global virtual community. Information about CoMO is available on its website at www.comoonline.org.

Go to http://www.comoonline.org/JoiningHands.aspx to join hands in a virtual community against meningitis.

1. Join hands against meningitis in a global virtual community at http://www.comoonline.org/JoiningHands.aspx