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Giving the gift of health for Christmas -- are your child's vaccines up to date

By December 21, 2010 - 7:59am

So much to choose for under the Christmas tree, but how about making sure your children are up to date on vaccines? I didn't know about the vaccine for meningitis for my college-aged son, and I lost him because of that. For the price of a pair of tennis shoes, my son could be alive today. Adolescents need vaccines, just like infants. Adolescents need vaccines for meningitis, pertussis, and HPV. This gift of good health will last a lifetime. I have devoted my life to making sure other families don't lose a child to meningitis and other vaccine-preventable diseases. I miss my son every day, but at this time of year, with all of the holiday glitter, his absence is even more bitter.

By January 6, 2011 - 9:47am

Thank you, Susan. The CDC recommends routine vaccination for meningitis for all 11-18 year olds, at the earliest opportunity. Adolescents and young adults are at increased risk, although anyone, anywhere, anytime, can come down with this disease. It is really a killer disease.

January 6, 2011 - 9:47am

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