As a parent to a toddler and soon-arriving twins, my children’s health and safety is the most important thing to me. We’ve always made sure our son received his scheduled vaccines – those that are recommended by the CDC. Imagine my surprise and shock to learn that the vaccine for Meningitis is not recommended. I’m completely embarrassed to admit that I had to find out if he had actually received it or not. I had no idea since it was not a part of the normal infant immunization schedule. This time around, I will be making sure that my twins receive it as soon as they possibly can.
- Each year 1 in 7 people who contract the disease will die from it. Infants are the most vulnerable. Infants account for approximately 35% of the 2,500+ cases in the US.
- The disease starts as non-specific flu-like symptoms which can rapidly progress. It can become very aggressive and kill within as little as four hours, making it difficult to diagnose and treat.
- Those that survive can suffer paralysis, limb amputations, stroke, hearing loss, blindness, organ damage and more.