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Basketball Stars Team Up In Southeast To Promote Teen Vaccinations
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Former NBA All-Star Bob Lanier and current Washington Mystics Forward Monique Currie joined forces today at Sousa Middle School in Southeast D.C. to encourage teens to receive vaccinations, as part of the Vaccines For Teens campaign.

The event, sponsored by NBA/WNBA Cares in association with the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), featured the basketball stars, as well as other special guest speakers, like John Kach, a Meningococcal Disease Survivor, discussing the importance of teens receiving vaccines for influenza, meningitis, and other life-threatening diseases.

"As a professional athlete, and playing basketball in college and in high school, it was important for me to be vaccinated," Currie explained.  "I didn't know about meningitis, and I didn't know about whooping cough, all I knew about was the flu immunization.  So, you guys are very fortunate to have people come in and talk to you about getting these things done."

Lanier, who played for the Detroit Pistons and the Milwaukee Bucks from 1970-1984, echoed the importance of teen vaccination.

"This is serious stuff," Lanier said.  "Diseases like meningitis can be fatal."

"Take what everybody is saying today and try to do the best that you can to get yourself vaccinated," Currie urged the students.

Check out the video above to hear what else Currie and Lanier had to say about teen vaccination.

Also, stay tuned for complete coverage on this story on WUSA 9 News Now at 5 p.m. tonight.

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