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About Meningococcal:

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 meningococcal meningitis.

      

Here is a 7 minute video about Meningococcal Meningitis:

 

   
 
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