Meningitis Articles

injectionIn a Daily Beast piece, Dr. Paul Offit, M.D. notes that despite several studies showing that vaccines containing the preservative thimerisol are no more likely to cause autism than vaccines without thimerisol, parent fears about thimerisol-containing vaccines persist – with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. leading the charge. If President Trump appoints Kennedy to lead a special vaccines safety commission, Dr. Offit argues, children will pay a high price.

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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.

Urging others to vaccinate their children against menangitis B, Dr. Neal Raisman shares his story of loss with the CT Mirror.

SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) –In the past week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has reported three new cases, including one fatality, of meningococcal disease.

Grieving Massapequa mom fights to put spotlight on meningococcal vaccine that could have saved her 17-year-old daughter’s life

Health officials say a kindergartner in Palm Beach County has died of bacterial meningitis.

The father of the Dakota Wesleyan University student who died of bacterial meningitis in September wants to clear the air about his son’s death.

In a letter to parents on Friday, Swartz Creek Community Schools Middle School Principal Kevin Klaeren said that a student from the district had been diagnosed with the condition.

A culture taken from a Rolla student who is currently hospitalized has confirmed that the child has meningococcal disease, according to a local health official. Jodi Waltman, Phelps/Maries County Health Department administrator, told The Rolla Daily News that she learned of the confirmation early Friday afternoon.

(WRIC) — Earlier this month, a child in the Chickahominy District passed away after becoming infected with bacterial meningitis.

We all know it’s better to avoid a disease than have to battle it. As a doctor who cares for members of our military, prevention is not just better. It’s imperative.

Health officials and parents who have lost children to the deadly meningococcal disease say the best way to prevent more young people from tragically dying from the disease is to get them vaccinated.

COLUMBIA, Mo. –
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will meet next Wednesday to discuss whether to recommend a new meningitis vaccine to the general public.

On college and university campuses across the country, this is one of the most exciting times of year. As the graduates of 2015 celebrate receiving their degrees, preparations are already underway for the incoming class of 2019.

Their names were Emily Stillman and Carly Glynn. They attended Kalamazoo College and Michigan State University, respectively, and they were both just 19 years old when they died recently of meningitis.

A seventh person has been diagnosed with meningococcal disease linked to the University of Oregon outbreak, Oregon Public Health officials confirmed Friday.

A number of college campuses across the country have recently experienced outbreaks of meningoccal disease. However, few people realize that a specific strain of the disease – meningitis B – has often been the culprit.

Vaccination authorities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have a critical opportunity this summer to
help ensure that college students and other at-risk Americans are protected from a particularly deadly form of bacterial
meningitis.

Vaccination is the topic of one of our country’s most heated debates. No matter your position on the issue, we should all appreciate the choice — and the privilege — we have in the matter.

Recently, England approved a Meningitis B vaccine to protect its children, yet American students remain vulnerable. In June of 2015 ACIP will meet to once again take up the issue of Meningitis B vaccine recommendations. As a practitioner of modern medicine, I strongly encourage ACIP to accept this life-saving opportunity and recommend that Meningitis B is added to the list of recommended vaccines for all incoming college students nationwide.

In February the committee that advises the Centers for Disease Control recommended that high-risk populations be vaccinated against the B strain, to be fully protected against the disease that most commonly afflicts teens and college students. That was a good start. But it is the hope of vaccination advocates like myself that a recommendation will be made quickly to make this vaccine available to all adolescents and college students, so that all students are protected.


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The risk of meningits B at Princeton University is now considered the same as at any other university, Princeton officials learned during recent consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A number of college campuses across the country have recently experienced outbreaks of meningococcal disease. However, few people realize that a specific strain of the disease — meningitis B — has often been the culprit.

My amazing son Henry was a healthy 21-year-old student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A musician, scholar, DJ and longboarder, he was witty and funny.

Rochester, NY – A University of Rochester student has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis and was hospitalized.

This testimony was provided to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on February 25, 2015.

“I’m Dr. Mary Ferris, the Student Health Director at the University of California Santa Barbara, a campus of 30,000 students, faculty and staff. In November 2013 our campus community was devastated by an outbreak of 4 cases of meningococcal serogroup B disease within a 10 day period, which resulted in life-threatening complications to our first case of a 19-year-old lacrosse team member, who suffered amputations of both legs and extensive skin grafts and scarring to his arms and face. >>

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“As a university leader, I am particularly concerned about meningitis B. One-fifth of all meningococcal infections occur in young adults between the ages of 14 and 24. College students are especially at risk because dorms and apartments are the ideal environments for spreading the disease. We must make these vaccines available to all our students as soon as possible, before another tragedy strikes that we could have averted.”
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