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Notice to Readers: National Epilepsy Awareness Month --- November 2003

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Epilepsy is one of the most common chronic central nervous system disorders in children and is characterized by unprovoked seizures. These seizures and the side effects of epilepsy medications, and the lifestyle restrictions and social stigma associated with the disorder can affect their quality of life substantially.

Of approximately 2.3 million persons in the United States with epilepsy, approximately 316,000 are aged <15 years. Epilepsy is especially burdensome for those making the transition from childhood to adulthood. Seizures and their treatment can impede learning, lead to isolation, and make youth susceptible to taunts and bullying from their peers. To improve peer acceptance and understanding, the Epilepsy Foundation (EF), in partnership with CDC, is continuing its "Entitled to Respect" campaign. During November, the campaign will focus on educating black youth, an underserved segment of the community, and on building new partnerships and improving services to affected children and families within the black community. Additional information about epilepsy and the "Entitled to Respect" campaign is available from EF at telephone, 1-800-332-1000 or at

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