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As a parent who lost her 20 year old son to bacterial meningitis, and as the President of the National Meningitis Association, I want to stress the importance of vaccination. This particular type of meningitis shows no mercy. Adolescents and young adults are at increased risk, although no one, anywhere, anytime, is immune. The CDC currently recommends routine vaccination at ages 11-12, with a booster dose 5 years later. All kids entering college should have been vaccinated within 5 years. There are vaccines licensed for those 9 months and older. My 2 year old and 3 year old grandkids have been vaccinated, because my surviving son saw what this disease did to his brother. Protect the ones you love by vaccinating them.

February 8, 2012 - 2:57pm


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