Category Archives: Meningitis

  • Why I Keep Posting

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    Or: Confessions of a Broken Record I post about two things on social media – science fiction and vaccines. The first, because I love it.  I am a hardcore Trekkie/Star Wars/Firefly/Isaac Asimov-loving type of girl.  The second, because I am a nurse and I practice evidence-based medicine. I never realized that opposition to vaccination was […]

  • Vaccines and Autism: One Doctor’s Personal Story

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    There has been a lot of talk since 1998 as to whether vaccines cause autism.  Though I have been loath to enter this conversation, it has become apparent that perhaps I should speak in order to provide a helpful, even fresh perspective.  Here is our family’s story. In 1987, my youngest sister was born, the […]

  • Graduating? You Are Responsible for Your Immunizations!

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    As you graduate high school or start work or college, getting protected against vaccine-preventable diseases probably isn’t very high on your to-do list. Once you realize that these diseases, like measles, flu, and meningococcal meningitis, etc., might in the best case scenario just keep you out of school for a few weeks, but can also […]

  • Tikkun Olam: Emily’s Story

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    My journey began one Thursday night at about 10:00 p.m.  Until  I lived in somewhat of a bubble.  I felt invincible.  I felt blessed with the life I was living, and took every opportunity to practice what we call “tikkun olam,” which is a Hebrew phrase meaning “to repair the world.” That evening, January 31st, […]

  • A Teen Speaks Up for Vaccines

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    Spreading the word about the benefits of vaccinating children is a personal crusade for my family and me. My mother lost her younger brother to meningitis in 1980, when no life-saving vaccine was available for the disease. I never got to meet my uncle, and my mother’s family suffered unbearably from his death. But, fortunately, […]

  • Surviving Meningitis: Rayna’s Story

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    They always say that your freshman year is the year that you find and discover yourself. For Easter break that year, I decided that I would go home for the first time that weekend. My basketball teammate, Fran, came home with me. We took the Greyhound bus from Blacksburg to Northern Virginia where my parents […]

  • Remembering Evan

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    I have always been a mom who vaccinated her children. To me, it’s only natural: if you have children, you want to protect them. And vaccines save lives. Unfortunately, my son died of a vaccine-preventable disease because I didn’t know that there was  a vaccine for meningococcal meningitis, when my son was a college junior, […]