National Meningitis Association

11 05 2007

We recently asked the National Meningitis Association to share a bit about themselves, as we think their work is important.  So, in their own words:

The National Meningitis Association (NMA) is a nonprofit organization founded by parents whose children have died or live with permanent disabilities from meningococcal disease.  Our goal is to educate other families about meningococcal disease and prevention in an effort to save them from experiencing the same tragedy our families have endured.

NMA recently developed an educational video called “Getting It: A Disease…A Vaccine”, which is narrated by actress Glenn Close and designed to educate parents and school communities about the risks of meningococcal disease for adolescents and young adults and the importance of prevention.  The video features families and individuals personally affected by meningococcal disease discussing how the disease has impacted their lives.

To accompany the video, NMA developed a corresponding resource guide, which includes suggested lesson plans and materials for parents and students, designed to help educators utilize the video within the classroom and initiate discussions on the disease.
The educational video, which received a 2007 Bronze Telly Award, was written and produced by Emmy-award winner and NMA advisory board member Doug Myers.  Nancy Snyderman, MD, NBC Today Show chief medical correspondent and NMA advisory board member, provided medical commentary for the video.

NMA would like to ensure parents, adolescents and young adults are educated about the risks of meningococcal disease and the importance of prevention so they can make informed decisions about immunization.

We invite you to learn more about meningococcal disease, the CDC immunization recommendations, NMA and the “Getting It: A Disease…A Vaccine” educator kit. Please visit our Web site at