The Emily Stillman Foundation will be testifying at the CDC for the universal use of the Serogroup B of Meningococcal Disease vaccine in the entire young adult population.
West Bloomfield, MI — (ReleaseWire) — 06/16/2015 — Alicia Stillman, Co-Founder and Director of The Emily Stillman Foundation will be testifying at the CDC’s ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) meeting in Atlanta on June 24th. Stillman has been a very outspoken advocate for the Meningococcal vaccinations since her 19 year old daughter Emily died in 2013 of Serogroup B of Meningococcal Disease while away at college. At the time, her daughter was vaccinated with the quadrivalent conjugate vaccine, which protected her from strains A, C, Y and W135. Stillman says she had no idea that a strain existed that her daughter was not protected from. She believes that she is not alone. The Meningococcal B vaccines were not yet available in the United States.
Stillman claims she considers herself “no different than the mothers living in a third world country who bury their children every 20 seconds to a vaccine preventable disease even though she lives in the United States.” Her anger fueled her activism as she and her husband, Attorney Michael Stillman took their fight to Congress and to the FDA. In addition, Stillman’s Foundation began to bus groups of students and their families across the Detroit/Windsor border into Canada, where the Meningococcal B vaccine had already been approved.
Stillman explains the vaccine bus project began in order to protect her son Zachary, who would be beginning his freshman year at the University of Michigan that fall. She said, “There was no way in a million years I would move another child of mine into a dorm room environment without that protection”.