Meningitis: A Quick Killer That Attacks College Students
Simple Vaccination Prevents Certain Death and Disability From Meningitis
On Campus Meningitis Cases:
122 Deaths 2008-2017
UNIVERSITY # OF CASES
University of Maryland 31
13
Los Angeles Gay Community - Los Angeles, CA 26
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Caldwell County, NC 1
Rural Oklahoma 5
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Douglas County, Oregon 2
Oregon State University 2
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Daleville Elementary School (Indiana) 1
Harrisburg, PA 1
Peoria County, IL 1
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Bidwell Elementary School (California) 1
Daleville Elementary School (Indiana) 1
Hazel Grove Elementary School (Kansas) 1
Orcutt Academy High School (California) 1
 Snow Hill Elementary School 1
 Swartz Creek Middle School 1
 Martinsburg North Middle School 1
 Tunica Elementary 1
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Franklin County Board of Elections training 1
Chesterfield, Virginia 1
Rockland County, NY 1
Penn State University 1
Ballenger Creek Middle School - Frederick, MD 1
Darnaby Elementary School - Tulsa, OK 1
Leary Elementary School - Rush, NY 1
Portage Northern High - Portage, MI 1
Sevastopol Middle School - Sevastopol, WI 1
Northeastern University 1
Vista Del Lago High School 1
Rochester Hills, MI 1
Auburn University - Auburn, AL 1
Muskingum Starlight Industries Workshop - Zanesville, OH 1
Clarksburg - West Virginia 1
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Alabama
Auburn University - Auburn, AL
July 2016
Meningococcal meningitis
1 case
Alaska
June Nelson Elementary School
September 2016
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Arizona
Northern Arizona University - Flagstaff, AZ
January 2014
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Northern Arizona University - Flagstaff, AZ
March 2013
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Arkansas
No reported cases
California
Los Angeles, CA
February 2017
Bacterial meningitis
1 deaths
San Mateo County, CA
January 2017
Bacterial meningitis
1 death
Califonia Polytechic State University
January 2017
Meningococcal disease
1 case
Marin County, CA
January 2017
Bacterial meningitis
1 death
Santa Barbara, CA
February 2017
meningococcal disease
1 case
Los Angeles Gay Community - Los Angeles, CA
September 2016
Meningococcal meningitis
26 cases (2 deaths)
University of California Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara, CA
2013-2014
Serogroup B meningococcal disease
4 cases
San Diego State University - San Diego, CA
October 2014
Serogroup B meningococcal disease
1 case
Palomar College - San Marcos, CA
October 2014
Serogroup B meningococcal disease
1 case
University of California Riverside - Riverside, CA
December 2013
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Humboldt State University - Arcata, CA
November 2014
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo, CA
January 2015
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Bidwell Elementary School - Red Bluff, CA
April 2015
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Colorado
Colorado State University - Larimer County, CO
December 2010
Neisseria meningitides, Serogroup C
8 cases
Colorado University Boulder - Boulder, CO
October 2011
Meningococcal meningitis
1 case
Connecticut
Yale University – New Haven, CT
February 2015
Serogroup B meningococcal disease
1 case
Delaware
No reported cases
Florida
Santa Fe Catholic High School -Lakeland, FL
October 2014
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Broward County Elementary School - Miramar, FL
February 2013
Bacterial meningitis
3 separate cases
University of Florida - Gainesville, FL
October 2014
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Deerfield Park Elementary - Miami, FL
December 2013
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Seminole State College - Oviedo, FL
June 2014
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Floresta Elementary School – Port St. Lucie, FL
January 2015
Meningitis
1 case
Palm Beach County
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
West Palm Beach, FL
October 2014
Bacterial meningitis
1 death
Georgia
Troup County, GA
February 2017
Strep pneumonia meningitis
1 case
Providence Elementary School – Carroll County, GA
January 2015
Strep pneumonia meningitis
1 case
Hawaii
No reported cases
Idaho
Canyon Ridge High School - Twin Falls, ID
September 2014
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Illinois
Peoria County Jail
Jan 2017
Bacterial Meningitis
1 cases & 1 death
Chicago Gay Community
June-May 2016
Meningococcal Meningitis
9 cases & 1 death
Indiana
December 2015
Meningococcal
1 case
October 2016
Bacterial meningitis
1 case, recovering
Iowa
Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA
October 2016
Bacterial meningitis
1 case, recovering
Kansas
No reported cases
Kentucky
George Rogers Clark High School – Winchester, KY
January 2015
Meningitis
1 case
Louisiana
No reported cases
Maine
No reported cases
Maryland
University of Maryland - College Park, MD
2014
Viral meningitis
31 confirmed and suspected cases
Ballenger Creek Middle School - Frederick, MD
April 2016
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Loyola University- Baltimore, MD
February 2013
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Winston Churchill High School - Potomac, MD
May 2014
Meningococcal disease
1 case
Massachusetts
Boston Latin Academy - Boston, MA
November 2011
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Lindblom Math and Science Academy - Boston, MA
May 2013
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Raynham Middle School – Raynham, MA
February 2015
Viral meningitis
1 case
Catoctin High School - Thurmont, MD
March 2016
bacterial meningitis
1 case
Michigan
Rochester Hills, MI
July 2016
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Linwood Elementary School - Linwood, MI
November 2013
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Swartz Creek Middle School
September 2015
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Kalamazoo College - Kalamazoo, MI
February 2013
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI
February 2012
Meningococcal disease
1 case
Minnesota
Ramsey County
July 2015
1 Death
Mississippi
No reported cases
Missouri
Washington University - St. Louis, MO
May 2012
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Montana
No reported cases
Nebraska
Douglas County, NE
February 2017
meningococcal disease
1 case
Herman Elementary School - Herman, NE
October 2014
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Nevada
No reported cases
New Hampshire
No reported cases
New Jersey
Princeton University, - Princeton, NJ
March 2013 - March 2014
Serogroup B meningococcal disease
9 case
Rutgers University, - New Brunswick, NJ
March 2016
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Serogroup B Meningococcal Disease
1 case
Camden County, NJ
December 2015
Bacterial Meningitis
1 Case
East Dover Elementary School - Toms River, NJ
March 2012
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
New Mexico
No reported cases
New York
Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women - Brighton, NY
October 2014
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Rockland County, NY
April 2016
Bacterial meningitis
1 death
St. Gregory Barbarigo School - Garnerville, NY
April 2013
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
North Carolina
Duke University - Durham, NC
September 2012
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Guilford College – Greensboro, NC
February 2015
Meningitis
1 case
Elementary School, Caldwell County, NC
November 2016
Pneumococcal Meningitis
1 case, recovering
North Dakota
No reported cases
Ohio
Muskingum Starlight Industries Workshop - Zanesville, OH
July 2016
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Ohio University - Athens, OH
January 2008-November 2017
Serogroup B meningococcal disease
14 confirmed, suspected and probable cases
Oklahoma
Oologah-Talala School District - Oologah, OK
March 2010
Bacterial meningitis
3 separate cases
Darnaby Elementary School - Tulsa, OK
March 2010
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Elementary School - rural northeastern Oklahoma
March 2010
Neisseria meningitidis
5 confirmed and probable cases
Oregon
Benton County, OR
March 2017
Meningococcal disease
1 cases
Oregon State University - Corvallis, OR
November 2016
Meningococcal disease
2 cases
University of Oregon - Eugene, OR
January 2015
Meningococcemia
7 cases
Douglas County, OR
December 2015
Meningococcal disease
2 cases (1 death)
Pennsylvania
Drexel University - Philadelphia, PA
March 2014
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Penn State - University Park, PA
March 2014
Meningococcal Disease
1 case
George Washington Carver High School - Philadelphia, PA
March 2016
Bacterial meningitis
1 death
Pittsburgh, PA
March 2014
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Lehigh University - Bethlehem, PA
November 2011
Bacterial meningitis
2 separate cases
Cheltenhamman Township School District - Montgomery, PA
November 2015
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Harrisburg, PA
January 2017
Bacterial meningitis
1 case & 1 death
Rhode Island
Providence College – Providence, RI
May 2013
Bacterial meningitis
2 cases
South Carolina
Pickens County, SC
January, 2017
Bacterial meningitis
1 death
Woodland Elementary School - Greenville, SC
May 2013
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
South Dakota
Dakota Wesleyan University - Mitchell, SD
September 2015
Bacterial meningitis
1 Case
Tennessee
East Tennessee State University - Johnson City, TN
August 2014
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Texas
Katy, TX
February, 2017
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Kingwood High School – Kingwood, TX
January 2015
Meningitis
1 case
Northside ISD Middle School – San Antonio, TX
January 2015
Meningitis
1 case
Utah
No reported cases
Vermont
No reported cases
Virginia
Smyth County, VA
March 2017
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Norfolk, VA
March 2017
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA
February 2013
Meningococcal meningitis
1 case
John Tyler Community College - Midlothian, VA
April 2014
Meningitis
1 case
Broad Run High School - Ashburn, VA
April 2014
Meningitis
1 case
Chikahominy, VA
August 2015
Meningococcal meningitis
2 cases
Chesterfield, VA
August 2015
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Washington
Rainer, Washington
November 2015
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
West Virginia
Marshall University - Huntington, WV
May 2016
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Kanawha County, WV
May 2016
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Clarksburg, WV
August 2016
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin Madison - Madison, WI
April 2013
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
University of Wisconsin Madison - Madison, WI
October 2016
Serogroup B meningococcal disease
3 cases, recovering
N/A
June 2015
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
N/A
December 2015
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Marquette University – Milwaukee, WI
February 2015
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
Sevastopol Middle School
June 2016
Bacterial meningitis
1 death
Wyoming
No reported cases
District of Columbia
Georgetown University - Washington, DC
September 2014
Bacterial meningitis
1 case
College Bound Students: Protect yourself from preventable diseases by making sure you are up-to-date on your immunizations before you leave for college, where serious life-threatening illnesses like Meningitis B can spread quickly.

Idaho Immunization Coalition: Student Video from Karen Sharpnack on Vimeo.


Parents: Protect your children from preventable diseases by making sure they are up-to-date on their immunizations before they leave for college, where serious life-threatening illnesses like Meningitis B can spread quickly.

Idaho Immunization Coalition: Parent Video from Karen Sharpnack on Vimeo.


As the largest group of physicians providing adolescent health care, it is important that family physicians ensure their patients are up to date on all vaccines.
 
Kevin Sherin, MD and Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at FSU details concerns of lack of immunization of school bound kids.

Meningitis type B kills and maims without mercy. Dr. Neal Raisman tells his story of the loss of his son to meningitis B.

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Speaking Out For Vaccination

Former College President Talks About Losing His Son To Meningitis
Dr. Neal Raisman is an internationally known expert on customer service and student retention… [read more]
Our son Isaac died at the age of 26 in 2005. We have not been whole since. We carry on and even have days of happiness with our surviving daughter, her husband, grandchildren and some friends but we live trying to precariously balance death in life.

When Isaac died it was as if a leg were cut off and we lost our balance for a very long time. It is simply not easy to balance on one foot. Just try it. You may have seconds of steadiness and control but then, imperceptibly something happens to disrupt your equilibrium. You begin to fall and have to put the other foot down. Try to imagine what it is like to not have the other foot. Can’t put it down and well, you fall.

That is what life is like after one loses a child. It is an eternity of trying to balance on one foot. Sometimes it can be maintained for a while but inevitably balance is lost and you fall down.

This is an account of losing a leg, falling down, getting up and then learning how to balance as best as is possible on one foot. It is the story and impressions of death, grief and resolution to live again without a significant part of our lives.

Just the other day after nine years since our son’s death, I was struck, blindsided by a sudden realization that he was gone and would not be coming back. My life fell back into depression. Grief had snuck up on me again. Grabbed me as I sat there cross-legged in the calm belief that I was coping with it all well.

Yet I have to say that I am actually dealing with it better. The grief, the pain, the loss all have generally become less intense. Less immediate. But the longing to be with, to see, and to hold my son again has never gone away.

He did go away and left me with a phantom pain that exists most every day. Yes, I know that most books on grief and loss work their way to a point at which life goes on and there is peace and calm. They can’t help it. They do not want to simply leave the reader with the hurt of the possibility that the loss of a child is an event that just does not disappear fully. Unlike a bad day at work or an intense sunburn that hurts like hell, burns like fire but does fade away and all is normal at some point. All is well again and the skin heals over so things are like they were before getting burnt. Not so for the death of a child.

The death of a child is such a traumatic experience that there is no other event that is strong enough to make it fade. The pain does diminish. The grief finds a place within the daily aspects of life. The excruciating agony of loss does weaken into an everyday longing that sits at the back of the day like an imp just waiting for a chance to invade your psyche. Demanding an exorcism of and by depression. Life becomes livable but maybe not fully expandable.

Most books like to work to a climax at which life is again open and even happy. They are after all written to try and help people survive grief and loss. They discuss coping skills. They tell of how we made progress on the passage from utter despair to learning to live with the loss. But along the way they leave out the pain and some of the raw reality of part of that journey.This one will not leave that out. It won’t because too often grieving parents have experiences that they believe are aberrant or make them abnormal. From real physical pain and memories that don’t want to function properly to soul dragging depression to even thoughts of suicide. These are all normal if anything is normal after the loss of a child.

This book shares aspects of loss and grief that are too often left out of the journey back to stasis that parents must take to survive and move on. It will try not to leave anything out so you know others have gone through what you have and are going through on your journey to becoming more whole again and rebalance life with grief.

But it is after all my journey. I can only relate what I went through from losing of balance in life, to guilt, depression, thoughts of suicide, even brief longings for death. It may well be different than that of others. There are similarities in all bereavement it seems though. And these will be discussed through my own journey and my learning to balance on one leg and hop through life.


About Dr. Raisman (continued)
Dr. Neal Raisman is an internationally known expert on customer service and student retention, the author of five books and most importantly, the father to Isaac and Shana. Shana lives near him in Columbus, OH but Isaac died at the age of 26 from meningitis.Since then Dr. Raisman has been working to let people know of the danger posed by meningitis to young people in particular through editorials, speaking and advocating for meningitis vaccines.To further make the dangers of meningitis and the pain a death from it causes, he has written a book about his son’s death, the grief that followed and how it took years to learn to find balance again in life. The book Standing on One Foot (link book title to the excerpt) is currently being reviewed for publication.Dr. Raisman has a PhD from the University of Massachusetts in neurolinguistics and English as well as a Master’s degree from UMass-Amherst and a BA from UMass-Boston. He has been a college chancellor, president, dean and professor of English. He also worked as a stand-up comedian as can be heard in his presentations. He is recognized as the founder of the study of customer service in higher education and his firm NRaisman & Associates (www.GreatServiceMatters.com) has worked with over 600 colleges and universities in the US, Canada and Europe.He lives in Columbus, OH with his Aileen, wife of forty-five years and Hershey, his dog. He is also the grandfather to Emma and Jack Segerman who will be inoculated against meningitis.

Press Releases

Global Healthy Living Foundation Launches Meningitis Tracking Website

(Upper Nyack, N.Y., March 2, 2015) Following the recent decision by a CDC Committee to offer only a limited recommendation for vaccines aimed at preventing the spread of the potentially deadly “B” strain of meningitis...


Resources

Adult immunization schedule via California medical association