Mich. mom pushes universities to require meningitis B vaccine

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Meningitis B is spread through saliva and nose secretions, putting college students at particular risk because of the communal settings

August 25, 2018
Detroit News

SUMMARY

A Michigan mom who had to take her two children on a bus to Canada for the meningitis vaccine is pleading for others to inoculate their kids with the drug that's now readily available in the U.S. 

The vaccine wasn't approved in the United States in 2013, when Alicia Stillman's daughter died of the disease. It was approved for use in 2014, and now Stillman is out to make sure parents are aware of how to avert the risk. 

"I remember taking the buses to Canada to get my other two children vaccinated because it wasn't approved in the U.S. yet. If it had, my daughter would still be here pursuing her dreams," said Stillman. 

Stillman of West Bloomfield wants students at Big 10 universities to be vaccinated against meningitis, a disease that can quickly kill.

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Emma Harrison