Iowa State reports bacterial meningitis is suspected in overnig...
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#1 Apr 15, 2010
We are very sorry to hear this.
Remember meningitis does not stop at the dorm room door.
I am the mother of an only child, Ryan, who died from of meningococcal meningitis & founder/executive director of Meningitis Angels. www.meningitis-angels.org .
What parents and students should know:
According to ACIP/CDC children ages (11) years through college freshmen should be vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis.
Knowing the early signs of meningitis & blood poisoning can improve detection of the disease & save lives? They are Unrelenting fever, leg pain, cold hands & feet & abnormal skin color can develop within (12 hours) after infection long before the more classic signs of the illness such as a rash, headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light and impaired consciousness.
Children in daycare & those of American Indian, Eskimo & African American heritage are at a higher risk for pneumococcal & HIB meningitis.
Visit the AAP, sound Advice on Vaccines: http://www.cispimmunize.org/fam/soundadvice.h...
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#2 Apr 19, 2010
The most tragic life expereience as a parent is the loss of a child. Our son died of meningococcal disease where there was an outbreak at the university he was attending four years ago. He was a transfer student living off campus as were other students infected by this horrible disease. The most shocking find was this disease is vaccine preventable with one shot. Now there are two vaccinations licensed in the U.S.to protect our children that can reduce one's risk of contracting four of the five commom strains of the disease, which account for the majority of cases in teens and young adults.Be aware that meningitis kills quickly with no time for goodbyes. For more information about meningitis go to www.nmaus.org
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