Release date: 2/3/2011

NBA star teams up with national multimedia campaign designed to educate preteens, teens and their parents about the importance of vaccination against serious, potentially life-threatening diseases.


NEW YORK – Five-time NBA All-Star Chauncey Billups is teaming up with NBA Cares, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), and Sanofi Pasteur (the vaccines division of the sanofi-aventis Group) as a spokesman for Vaccines for Teens, a national multimedia campaign designed to educate preteens, teens and their parents about the importance of vaccination against serious, potentially life-threatening diseases.

As Vaccines for Teens ambassador, Billups is featured in a new national public service announcement (PSA), which will air on NBA media and network/cable game broadcasts. Billups is also appearing today at a special Vaccines for Teens event at Merrill Middle School in Denver, Colo. During the event, NBA Cares Ambassador Bob Lanier will join the Nuggets All-Star to discuss the importance of adolescent vaccinations with more than 500 preteens and teens.

“As a father, nothing is more important to me than my children’s health,” said Billups. “I encourage parents to speak to their child’s healthcare provider and get informed about how they can help protect their preteens and teens by getting them vaccinated.”

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