Emily Stillman was 19-years-old and a sophomore at Kalamazoo College when she died after contracting meningitis B. Stillman had received the standard meningitis vaccine, but her grieving family soon learned that shot does not protect against the B strain.
Since Stillman’s death, her family has been fighting to make a meningitis B vaccine available. Emily’s mother Alicia Stillman sat down with us to discuss the latest developments in their battle.
“Since the fall, both vaccines have been approved and licensed in the United States,” said Stillman.
It was the news Emily’s mother had had been waiting for, but the victory was bittersweet.