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Unprotected People Reports: Meningococcus

Real-life accounts of people who have suffered or died from vaccine-preventable diseases

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HTML  PDF 20 yrs. "Overlooked Casualties: Jamie Schanbaum" Report #109: As a 20-year-old undergraduate at the University of Texas (Austin), Jamie Schanbaum was hospitalized with meningococcal disease. She thinks it's important that others understand what meningococcal disease is and what it can do to a person. Reprinted with permission of the author: Overlooked Casualties: Stories of Families Affected by Vaccine-Preventable Diseases by Tara Susan Haelle (MA dissertation, University of Texas at Austin, 2012). 11/6/14
HTML  PDF 18 yrs. "In Memory of Ryan Milley" Report #101: Frankie Milley, founder of Meningitis Angels, shares the devastating account of the death of her only child, Ryan Wayne Milley. 4/10/09
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"The laughter of our hearts: Losing a teen to a vaccine-preventable disease" Report #46: Joseph Kepferle's father describes the pain of having a healthy college-aged son become ill and die within 24 hours of meningococcal meningitis. 5/30/02
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"Ordinary college student shares horror of meningitis" Report #33: Ryan Hockensmith, a senior at Penn State majoring in journalism, writes about his three-week battle with meningococcal meningitis. 9/21/00
HTML   PDF 19 yrs. "Meningitis: Big dread on campus" Report #25: Cadet John Fuller at the Virginia Military Institute describes how, within two days, he went from feeling fine to being in the intensive care unit, fighting meningococcemia. 3/9/00
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