The Issue: Flu Risks for Kids with Neuromuscular Disorders
Chronic neurological or neuromuscular disorders can place children at greater risk from influenza, according to data cited in a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From 2003 to 2004, of the reported 153 influenza-associated deaths among children, a third of them were in children with neurological or neuromuscular conditions, according to a study by the New England Journal of Medicine.
The Campaign: Immunizing Kids with Muscular Dystrophy
If this Grassroots campaign raises $600, then the Muscular Dystrophy Association of St. Louis (MDA) can provide flu shots to 30 children with muscular dystrophy. Each additional $30 raised will be used to provide a flu shot for another child.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Muscular Dystrophy Association of St. Louis
The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), a nonprofit health agency dedicated to combating muscular dystrophy and related diseases, has more than 200 offices across the country, including a location in St. Louis. To help combat neuromuscular dystrophy, the MDA sponsors 200 medical clinics and supports more than 300 research projects across the globe, and is the nation's largest nongovernmental funder of scientific research to seek cures and improved treatments for more than 40 neuromuscular diseases.
Along with research and public-health education, the MDA works to improve the quality of life for people with muscular dystrophy and related diseases through a variety of efforts including its national advocacy program, summer camps for children, and support groups.