When Emily Stillman was diagnosed with meningitis Type B, her mom said it wasn’t possible. Her college-aged daughter had been inoculated for the bacterial disease.
What Emily’s parents, Alicia and Michael, didn’t know then is that the vaccination she had received did not cover Type B because it had not yet been approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration for use in the U.S.
Alicia Stillman talks about the call she received from Emily who complained of a headache. Like all good moms, she told her daughter to take a pain pill and get some sleep. By the next morning, Emily was in the hospital with Type B meningitis. But Alicia Stillman insisted the doctors had misdiagnosed Emily’s illness. “I asked them to double-check their results.”