Give Kids a Shot Against a Serious Disease

by Staff writer on July 20, 2013

This week, VIVE Katerin attended a fundraising dinner and auction called "Give Kids a Shot!" at the New York Athletic Club to benefit the National Meningitis Association (NMA). Meningitis doesn't receive as much media attention as some other diseases, but it should!

There are two types of meningitis, viral and bacterial. Both attack the lining around the brain and spinal cord known as the menges. While both kinds of meningitis have similar early-stage symptoms including severe headache, stiff neck, fever and vomiting, the bacterial form is far more dangerous. Bacterial or meningococcal meningitis often progresses rapidly. Someone can literally feel fine and several hours later be dying. Approximately 11% of people who get bacterial meningitis die from the disease. For survivors, about 20% have long term brain damage, kidney disease, hearing loss or limb amputations. Bacterial meningitis is most likely to affect young adults/adolescents as well as those with weakened immune systems. The good news is that there is a vaccine available that can prevent meningococcal meningitis. The vaccine is available for people age 2 to age 55.
(source: National Meningitis Association)

At the NMA fundraiser, VIVE Katerin met with leading medical professionals, patients who have suffered from meningitis and others who contribute their time and money to help raise awareness of meningitis. Please watch the VIVE Katerin video of the NMA event to hear from Dr. Paul Offit, Nick Springer and Kamie Crawford. Dr. Offit is the Chief of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital Philadelphia and author of Autism's False Prophets. Kamie Crawford is Miss Teen USA and is helping to use her position to raise awareness about meningitis among teens and young adults.

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