• Cases Climb

    Meningococcal disease cases continue to climb in Florida with 39 people infected in 15 counties since late May. Meningococcal  disease  is a bacterial infection that can be serious sometimes with debilitating consequences and  can be deadly. Central Florida leads in the number of reported cases with 12 confirmed cases of meningococcal disease in Orange County […]

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  • On Board

    Actress and mother, Tiffani Thiessen joins acampaign, a collaboration  between Sanofi and the National Meningitis Association (NMA). The public health initiative, It’s About Time: Help Stop the Clock on Meningitis, is aimed at educating parents about the importance of potentially life-saving vaccination to protect their pre-teens and teens against meningococcal meningitis. Thiessen said, “As parents, I […]

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  • Baby Stricken

    A baby with the parents, siblings ages 9 and 10 are from a mining region inVenezuela but currently lives in a shelter in Boa Vista, Brazil. “They entered Brazil on the 5th of April, staying for a period of 15 days in the shelter in Pacaraima. They came to the capital of Roraima  on the […]

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  • Opening Borders

    During the pandemic when things were at a standstill with people staying at home & with borders closed, there was a drop in the rate of meningococcal meningitis at the same time a decrease of number getting vaccinated. Now with school and university students back in classrooms and with borders reopening, there’s a real concern. […]

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  • Safety Alert

    The Florida Department of Health is recommending all college students in Leon County area receive a meningitis B vaccine. The health department confirmed that, “All three cases were among college students between the ages of 18 and 22”. They also added that, “College students should get the MenB vaccine due to the serogroup B meningococcal […]

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  • Vaccines are for everyone!

    Getting up to date on immunization is very important. At various stages in our childhood & adulthood, there are certain vaccines recommended based on age, lines of work, travel & medical conditions. Some diseases are vaccine preventable so speak with your healthcare provider to discuss what is needed at specific situations. Read the full article

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  • Disease Rates Drop

    Possibly because of Covid protection measures, meningococcal disease rates drop over the past few years but vaccinations are down too. Scientists are warning people though not to be complacent. Meningococcal disease while rare, it is serious and has devastating consequences. “This infection is every family’s nightmare; impacts are life altering and life limiting,” epidemiologist Amanda […]

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  • Be Vigilant!

    Meningococcal bacterial meningitis can be rare but can have very serious devastating effects and is a vaccine-preventable disease. Meningococcal meningitis is easily transmitted to other people direct contact or by respiratory secretions droplets. It can also attack anyone, but teenagers and college students ages 16 through 21 are the highest risk. Because of  COVID-19 pandemic, […]

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  • Cases Rise

    According to The Florida Department of Health, the number of cases identified in 2022 surpasses the 5-year average of meningococcal disease cases. So FDOH is recommending vaccination amid the  outbreak. Close contacts are being contacted to be given information & treatment options and epidemiologists are investigating each case. Read the full article.

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  • Vaccines Wasted

    The Meningitis Foundation, New Zealand learned that the Government has allowed $1.6 million worth of meningitis vaccines to go unused and be close to expiry. Foundation spokesperson, Gerard Rushton said, “That amounts to over 17,000 doses – which could have been given to an equivalent number of teenagers and infants – who are most at-risk.” […]

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