A Mother’s Personal Story: Get Vaccinated Against Meningitis
By Lynn Bozof
Lynn Bozof is one of five founding members of the National Meningitis Association.
It’s great news that there is now a second vaccine licensed for meningococcal meningitis. Unfortunately, I know from personal experience that meningococcal meningitis is a killer disease. I lost my 20 year old son, Evan, to meningitis, not knowing that his life could have been saved by a vaccine. Evan had all the vaccines that were recommended before he started college, but no one told us about meningitis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends routine vaccination for all 11-18 year olds and for college freshmen living in dorms, at the earliest possible opportunity. I never thought that tragedy would strike my family, but it did. I will never get over the loss of my son, and I don’t want others to suffer the same tragedy, as there is a safe, effective vaccine available. Please visit the National Meningitis Association Web site, www.nmaus.org for more information.