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Explore new developments in child health and vaccine safety, who are the individuals and organizations making a difference in these arenas and how can we, as parents, educate one another in ways that are central to our common background as caregivers to our children. Read More!

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    Protection, risks, and lessons learned the hard way: why parents need to know about meningitis
    By Robbin Thibodeaux My son Thomas had been sick with flu-like symptoms all week. When I had not heard back from him, I knew something was wrong. His father called to tell me he was admitted into the hospital. By the time I reached the hospital, Thomas was in a coma. He passed away Christmas morning. Thomas was just 19. A healthy college freshman and a passionate surfer, he was full of life and kind-hearted,1
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  • Reflections from a mother and son: Helping other families spot the danger that took ours by surprise
    By Paige Kach and John Kach Paige’s story: a mother’s fears. Everything was going so well right up until our nightmare started. It was the spring of my son John’s first year of college, and with basketball practices, schoolwork, and an active social circle, his life was full. That all came to a halt one Friday night when, without warning, his fever spiked to 105 and he was rushed to a hospital. I got the1
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    Ben Diamond: Why Meningitis Advocacy Matters to Me
    Interviewed by Mike LaForgia From left to right; Ben Diamond and Mike LaForgia For this edition of Parents Who Protect, we’re featuring an interview between Mike LaForgia, meningitis survivor and vaccination advocate, and his friend Ben Diamond. Since surviving the disease more than 15 years ago, Mike has spoken to state legislatures, media organizations and parent groups about the importance of vaccination and meningitis prevention. Mike, a double-amputee, is a long-time runner who has not1
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  • Finding the blessings in a parent’s nightmare
    By Lori Buher Lori and Carl August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). The week of August 19th through the 25th is specifically devoted to raising awareness about the importance of preteen and teen vaccinations. The CDC recommends several vaccines during adolescence and I support all of them – but my focus here is meningococcal prevention. The CDC recommends vaccination against this disease with the MenACWY vaccine for all children at age 11-12, with a1
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Parents have an important message after daughter passed away in college.

At 18, Sara Stelzer was in the prime of her life — a college freshman excited for her classes and being part of a sorority at San Diego State University — when she suddenly became very ill.  

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