Donít Catch the Killer: Meningococcal Disease, A Guide for Students
2004
Distributed by Aquarius Health Care Videos, 18 N. Main St., PO Box 1159, Sherborn, MA 01770; 888-440-2963
Produced by Aquarius Health Care Videos
Directed by Kay Stammers
VHS 
color, 20 min.
Jr. High - Adult


Recommended
Health Sciences
Fighting Meningococcal Disease: Early Detection Can Save Lives
2004
Distributed by Aquarius Health Care Videos, Olde Medfield Square, 266 Main St., Suite 33B, Medfield, MA 02052; 888-440-2963
Produced by Aquarius Health Care Videos
Directed by Kay Stammers
VHS
color, 30 min.
Jr. High - Adult

Recommended





Reviewed by Kay Hogan Smith, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences



These two related videos seek to educate potential victims and families about a severe, if fairly rare, bacterial infection called Meningococcal Disease. This disease, which tends to strike small children under six years of age as well as teenagers and young adults, has the terrifying distinction of being able to cause rapid progression from apparent good health to death within hours. If caught early, a majority of its victims survive without lasting effects, however the symptoms not only mimic flu-like illnesses, they also can vary, making early detection more difficult.

The first video, Donít Catch the Killer, has teens and young adult students as its primary audience, while the second, Fighting Meningococcal Disease, focuses on educating parents and other family members and teachers of small children who might potentially be victims. Each video refers to the other. Filmed in Australia - where the disease has apparently received much greater press coverage than in the U.S. - both titles feature interviews with victims and parents, with occasional interjections by an infectious disease specialist. Both videos provide viewers with risk factors, symptoms and the current state of treatment (intravenous antibiotics), although the Fighting video gives more details. Donít Catch the Killer focuses more on the prevention aspect, admonishing young viewers to stick to such basic good hygiene rules of not sharing drinks, food, cigarettes or lipsticks, which young people sometimes ignore. Unfortunately ignoring such basic practices can lead to this dreadful disease, which not only can rapidly kill but maim those victims who do manage to live. These two videos would be a good choice for health collections geared toward young people and childcare providers, parents or teachers. 


Date Entered: 6/18/2004