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Vaccine-Preventable Diseases: Personal Stories

Eliza Anne Northrop Beale - A Flu Story

In December, 2009 my sister Liza died of influenza. She was previously healthy and only 49 years old. She sought medical care early. She was cared for at a good hospital in a major city. She had no other infections. And she was unvaccinated. Read the story of Eliza (Liza) Anne Northrop Beale as written by her brother, Micahel Northrop, M.D.

Evan Bozof - A Meningococcal Meningitis Story

There’s a saying that “what you don’t know won’t hurt you.” It’s not true. What I didn’t know hurt me. It cost me the life of my son. My story begins on March 25, 1998. It is a day that my husband and I will never forget. It was the day our son, Evan, called from college to tell us that he had a migraine headache. Evan was 20 years old, a college junior and honor student, and a pitcher on his college baseball team at Georgia Southwestern University. After Evan died from meningococcal meningitis, we found out to our astonishment that a vaccine was available, a vaccine that would have saved Evan’s life…

Gigi - A Flu Story

Gigi relates her experience as adult with influenza, her experience in the hospital intensive care unit and how, despite surviving the flu, it has changed her life. While in the hospital her condition continued to spiral down until she was at the brink of death…

Heather Burcham - A HPV Story

At the age of 31 Heather Burcham found herself dying of cervical cancer. At age 26 she had been misdiagnosed and by the time she was diagnosed with cancer years later it was too late for any treatment to be effective. She lived the remainder of her life with two goals in mind. First was to have not “lived in vain.” Second was to live her remaining days to the fullest. Read this story and watch her personal video testimonial aimed at saving even one life…

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