As your children move toward their teen years, they become more independent. While it may seem as if they need you less, in reality they still need your help to be protected from devastating and often deadly vaccine-preventable diseases.
Many diseases spread more easily in community settings that adolescents frequent such as schools, locker rooms and summer camps. You can help your adolescents remain healthy by getting them vaccinated with the following essential vaccines:
“As a mother and a nurse, I was vigilant in getting my children all their recommended vaccinations, including meningococcal vaccination. I was under the common misconception, as many parents are, that the meningococcal vaccine that my daughter received would fully protect her from meningococcal disease, when in fact, it didn’t protect her against meningitis B. Meningitis B outbreaks have recently occurred on several college campuses and the disease can kill a healthy person within 24 hours. When my daughter Kimberly Coffey died from meningitis B in 2012, she was a perfectly healthy 17-year-old high school senior. The meningitis B vaccine was not available to protect her at the time, but it is available in the U.S. now. As a mother who lives every day with the heartache of not seeing my beautiful daughter live the full life she deserved, I want parents to know that without specifically requesting MenB vaccination, in addition to the common meningococcal vaccine (MCV4), your child will not be fully protected against meningococcal disease.” Patti Wukovits, Founder of the Kimberly Coffey FoundationMore
“February 2, 2013 my life changed forever. I was told my beautiful and healthy nineteen year old daughter no longer had any brain activity, and that she would die. Those words will forever haunt me. There is no preparation, no training, and no practice for what was to come. The loss of a child is like none other. It is the wrong order. When you lose a child, a piece of you dies as well.”
Alicia Stillman, Director of the Emily Stillman Foundation, writes about the loss of her daughter Emily to bacterial meningitis. One of the missions of the Foundation is to raise awareness of meningococcal disease and the various vaccines that are now available to prevent it.More