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Five Things to Know: Tuesday, Nov. 22

Essential daily information at a glance.

1. Forecast: Sunny. Highs in the upper 40s.

2. Last night state transportation officials narrowed the choices for life after the Casey Overpass through Forest Hills is torn down. It's down to two — a bridge or an "at-grade" solution. Officials said it's a wash between the two as far as traffic. I'll post more about it later this morning.

3. Sad news — the seventh grader at Boston Latin Academy who came down with what was probably meningitis has died. Authorities haven't released her name, but friends are paying tribute to the 12-year-old on Twitter with the hashtag #RIPNina.

4. Looking for a pre-Thanksgiving activity for your child of six or older? Wednesday afternoon is at the JP Branch Library. 4 p.m. Wednesday, free.

5. We don't have parking meters in JP, but you drive outside the neighborhood sometimes, right? The city rolls out a new prepaid meter card today, according to the Herald.

MeningitisAngel November 23, 2011 at 12:35 PM
Our prayers are with your family. My only child,Ryan, died from of meningococcal meningitis. I am the founder/executive director of Meningitis Angels. www.meningitis-angels.org. Early signs of the disease are unrelenting fever, leg pain, cold hands & feet & abnormal skin color. These can develop within (12 hours) after infection long before the more classic signs of the illness such as a rash, headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light & impaired consciousness and death. Each year in this country infants, children, teens & young adults are left seriously debilitated from meningococcal disease. Some with the loss of limbs and their faces. Some are left with severe organ damage, seizure disorder, brain damage, digestive disorders, anemia, blindness, deafness, & more. Some die. According to ACIP/CDC children ages (11) years, teens age 16, ALL upon college entry should be vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis. The 2 current vaccines are approved for ages down to age 2 and 9 months. There are new vaccines on the horizon to protect infants who are at high risk from this deadly disease. See our national PSA on Infant Meningococcal Disease at http://www.youtube.com/user/MeningitisAngelsPIN?feature=mhee Pneumococcal and Hib meningitis killed or debilitated thousand and thousands of infants and toddlers before vaccinations. ACIP/CDC Recommends all infants receive vaccine to prevent these deadly forms of meningitis. Talk to your health care provider.

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