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National Meningitis Association Launches Interactive Online Panel About Meningitis Dangers
Date:5/11/2009

treach campaign to educate families about the importance of meningococcal vaccination. As part of these efforts, NMA also recently launched a Facebook Page containing critical information about the disease. NMA is asking families across the country to help spread the word by becoming fans of the Page and inviting their friends to become fans as well.

Bozof's own stake in reaching out to people couldn't be greater. "If we had known more about meningococcal disease before our son Evan got sick, we would have had him vaccinated and he would be alive today," Bozof said. "We are unable to change what happened to our children, but by sharing our experiences and what we've learned from them, we hope to provide other parents with the information needed to help protect their children from this horrible disease."

Meet the M.O.M.s

Lori Buher of Mount Vernon, Washington -- Lori's son Carl was a 14-year-old freshman in high school when he was diagnosed with meningococcal disease. Carl came home from a football game complaining that he didn't feel well, but thought he was coming down with the flu. The next day he had to be rushed to the hospital, where he was diagnosed and treated. Carl survived, but had to undergo amputation of both of his feet and three of his fingers as a result of the infection.

Jane Hession of Alexandria, Virginia -- Jane's son Brendan was in high school when he died from meningococcal disease. Brendan began complaining of pain in his legs one evening, and by the following afternoon he was so weak that he collapsed. Jane called the paramedics, who diagnosed Brendan with the flu and instructed Jane to give her son fluids. Shortly after, Brendan's father, a cardiologist, arrived home to d
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