He was once a big man on campus, but he returned to Terry High School to be a star on the small screen.
Dexter Pittman, a Terry High alumnus and member of the NBA’s Miami Heat, returned Monday to the gym where he held court to shoot a public service announcement on behalf of the Immunization Partnership.
The former University of Texas star is being featured in an upcoming commercial reminding everyone that all students attending college on a Texas campus must be vaccinated against Bacterial Meningitis. Previously, only students living “on campus” were required to have the vaccination.
The new law takes effect January 1 in all institutions of higher learning in Texas. Texas is the first state to require universal vaccination for college admission. Texas has reported 539 cases of Bacterial Meningitis since 2002.
Anna Dragsbaek, president and CEO of the Immunization Partnership, appears in the commercial with Pittman.
The Immunization Partnership is a non-profit organization that aims to eradicate vaccine-preventable diseases by developing and coordinating community resources through public and private partnerships. The primary focus areas are education, advocacy and public policy, and support of immunization information systems. Visit www.immunizeUSA.org for more information.
The commercial will begin airing sometime this fall.