California dad shares meningitis B warning after infection kills teen daughter 'within 36 hours'
“Sara received the meningococcal conjugate vaccine, her father said — but not the serogroup B meningococcal vaccine.”
May 24, 2019
Sara Stelzer’s life was just beginning when it was tragically cut short.
At 18, Sara — a smart, loving and thoughtful girl — was a freshman at San Diego State University when, one Saturday in October of 2014, she called her parents to complain of a bad headache. Her headache soon was paired with exhaustion and nausea, leading the teen to sleep through some of her classes after the weekend was over.
“We thought it was the flu — we told her to rest and go to the student health center. She was more concerned with missing classes than how bad she felt,” Sara’s father, Greg Stelzer, 63, told Fox News.
But Sara then developed a blotchy, purple rash — what her parents would later learn was a sign of meningitis B.