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June 14, 2005
Final Meningitis C Clinics
Toronto Public Health will be holding the final drop-in community clinics this
week and next to provide free vaccinations against Meningitis C for young
people between the ages of 15 and 19. The clinics are for those who missed
their school clinic or do not attend school.

"We strongly recommend teens get vaccinated to protect themselves," said Dr.
Michael Finkelstein, Associate Medical Officer of Health. "The Meningitis C
infection is spread through saliva. Teens are at higher risk because there is
more sharing of food, drinks, cigarettes and kisses."

Meningitis C is a bacterial infection of the blood, lining of the brain and/or
spinal cord. It is carried in the throat and nose of up to 30 per cent of
healthy people. It is most commonly seen in children under two years of age and
adolescents between 15 and 19 years of age. Although Meningitis C is uncommon,
it can appear suddenly and cause long-lasting injury or death in 10 per cent of
infected people.

For a list of clinic dates and locations visit or call the
Immunization Infoline at 416-392-1250.

Media contact:

Frank Giorno
Toronto Public Health



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