Meningococcal disease is a
serious bacterial infection. It can cause meningitis – a severe
swelling of the brain and spinal cord. It can also lead to
sepsis – a dangerous and potentially life-threatening blood
infection. This disease has a very high mortality rate and
survivors can experience brain damage, loss of vision, loss of
hearing, internal organ failure, and loss of limbs.
Meningococcal meningitis is highly contagious and spread from
one person to another through bodily fluids. Common ways are
from sharing sodas, cigarettes, eating utensils and kissing.
High fever, headache, and stiff neck are common
symptoms of meningitis in anyone over the age of 2 years. These
symptoms can develop over several hours, or they may take 1 to 2
days. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, discomfort
looking into bright lights, confusion, and sleepiness. In
newborns and small infants, the classic symptoms of fever,
headache, and neck stiffness may be absent or difficult to
detect, and the infant may only appear slow or inactive, or be
irritable, have vomiting, or be feeding poorly. As the disease
progresses, patients of any age may have seizures.
Many strains of meningococcal
are easily preventable with a readily available vaccine.
Currently only a few states require this vaccination for College
students and other just recommend it. This disease is easily
spread in highly congested areas such as schools, colleges, and
military housing. If you have children please have them
vaccinated and avoid the pain many of us have experienced. Had
we known about this vaccination we could have looked forward to
seeing Alexander’s name on a marriage license or birth
announcement not a grave marker.
The soul purpose of our
website is to provide parents with the proper tools to fight
this disease. Please educate yourself before making the
decision to protect or not protect your family. Alex died
of one of the preventable strains of Meningitis. If I had
this information earlier Alex would still be with us.
There is a new vaccine
available. Please visit
www.menactra.com for more information. This is a
single dose vaccine that prevents 4 of the 5 strains of
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