• Required immunization

    At last, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is finally requiring meningitis vaccinations for all students entering 8th and 12th grades prior to admission in the 2016-17 school year. As Clinic Nurse Supervisor, Connie Werner from the City of St. Joseph Health Department states, “vaccines are so important because diseases that used to kill us […]

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  • Winning Spirit

    Nick Springer will compete for the fourth time in the U.S. wheelchair rugby Paralympics in Rio.

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  • Time to check

    As a new school year approaches the Kentucky Immunization Coalition is urging everyone to check their immunization records to make certain that they have all of their vaccinations.

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  • Misdiagnosis

    A toddler is lucky to be alive after being misdiagnosed. 

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  • Immediate action needed

    The city of West Hollywood in California is alerting their citizens to be aware that meningitis is a deadly and contagious disease. 

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  • Expanded Recommendation

    The advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has voted to recommend that persons with HIV age 2 months or older should be vaccinated with (MenACWY). The ACIP did not recommend meningoccal group B vaccination for persons with HIV pending further studies, but will address this at the October 2016 meeting.  It is estimated that HIV […]

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  • Another food scare

    Sometimes in this crazy world it seems like nothing is safe. Two types of the Bounce Energy Bars that contain sunflower seeds may be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes (L mono).  L. mono is a pathogen that can develop into meningitis.  Isn’t it ironic that these energy balls used by healthy people for a quick energy […]

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  • Ohio Acts

    Statewide legislation in Ohio now requires all 7th and 12th grade students to receive meningitis vaccinations before the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic school year. The goal is to cut or eliminate bacterial meningitis cases to as close to zero as possible.  In 2015, the Ohio legislature mandated that the Ohio Department of Health add […]

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  • Every Life Counts

    We are becoming victims of our own success.  Through vaccination, the number of cases of meningitis in Australia has been dramatically reduced. As the number of cases decline, the rate of vaccination has lost its sense of urgency.  Governments begin to think about vaccinations to prevent meningitis solely in financial terms.  One thing to take […]

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  • Continental Contagion

    It’s a new year and more outbreaks of meningitis are occurring in the area of sub-Sharan Africa. This area of the world has a particularly frequency of meningitis cases every year.  The outbreaks happen so often that this region has the dubious distinction of being known as the “meningitis belt”.  Every year, thousands of sub-Saharan […]

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