After a 21-year-old Macomb County woman passed away after contracting meningitis, health organizations across Michigan are urging young people to ensure they are immunized against Meningitis B before heading back to campus this fall.
“This week has provided just the latest heartbreaking reminder about how dangerous meningitis is, and just how important one simple act of prevention can be,” Alicia Stillman, a Farmington Hills resident who lost her own daughter, Emily, to Meningitis B just 3 years ago said in a statement. “My daughter Emily left a huge hole in this world, which will forever be a darker place without her light and her laughter. I urge parents and students to make sure they’re vaccinated against Meningitis B before heading to campus this August.”
Stillman’s daughter, Emily, was a 19-year-old sophomore at Kalamazoo College in 2013 when she contracted and lost her life to Meningitis B. Meningitis B is the only type of meningitis not included in the common vaccine given to adolescents across the U.S, according to a press release from the Michigan State Medical Society. [Read more…]