Navigation Links
Meningitis Survivor Urges Students to Lobby for a Vaccine Against the Deadly Disease
Date:11/21/2013

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- "To protect their students and staff, colleges across the country should seek access to the vaccine being shipped to Princeton University," was meningitis B survivor Andy Marso's message to students and faculty at the University of Maryland's campus Wednesday.

"In 2004 I was a normal college student who went to bed thinking I had the flu. By the next morning I couldn't get out of bed and by the next afternoon I was in critical condition, being airlifted from a hospital near the University of Kansas to a medical center in Kansas City, Kansas," he said. Marso has chronicled that struggle in his new book, "Worth the Pain: How Meningitis Nearly Killed Me - Then Changed My Life for the Better," published by Kansas City Star Books.

Marso spent more than four months in the hospital in 2004, eventually having all his toes amputated and nearly all of his fingers because of the bacterial meningitis.  Now a reporter covering state government for the Topeka Capital-Journal, he has learned to adjust to typing with his two thumbs and walking with carbon fiber leg braces.

Marso's bacterial meningitis is rare, but college students in group living arrangements are six times more likely to get it than the general population.

"I had never heard of meningitis B, so I didn't have any awareness of what a college student like me could do to avoid it," Marso said.

In 2004 there were vaccines that covered other types of meningitis, but not serogroup B. A new meningitis B vaccine was approved this year in Europe and Australia. The Food and Drug Administration is allowing Princeton to import it and offer it to students and staff on an emergency basis to quell a meningitis B outbreak there that has hit seven people.

"If it is safe for use at Princeton, then why is not available for thousands of other students on college campuses across the country?" Marso asked, noting that there may be meningitis B carriers on other campuses even if there's not an active outbreak. "I understand the FDA has protocols to follow, but every day we go without this shot puts people needlessly at risk for a disease that kills and maims."

Marso is a 2011 graduate of the University of Maryland's master's in journalism program and worked on the Washington Post's sports desk while attending the school.

Photo(s):
http://www.prlog.org/12245175


'/>"/>
SOURCE Kansas City Star Books
Copyright©2012 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. National Call-to-Action to Boost Meningitis Vaccination Rates Supported by Leading Health Organizations, Urges St. Louis Parents to Vaccinate Preteens and Teens
2. National Call-to-Action to Boost Meningitis Vaccination Rates Supported by Leading Health Organizations, Urges Nashville Parents to Vaccinate Preteens and Teens
3. National Call-to-Action to Boost Meningitis Vaccination Rates Supported by Leading Health Organizations, Urges Minneapolis-St. Paul Parents to Vaccinate Preteens and Teens
4. Compounding Pharmacy Safety: Dr. Paul Savage Published in IMJC Post #Meningitis Outbreak
5. "Emergency Medical Services Week" Highlights Stroke Survivors and Awareness
6. EQUICARE CS Cancer Survivorship Case Management Software Listed as a "Best Practices" Resource by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (COC)
7. Breast Cancer Survivor Awarded Top Prize In 2012 Oncology On Canvas(SM) Art Competition
8. Melanoma Surgeon and Survivor Has Two Words For You: Get Checked!
9. Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) Urges Adults to Get Recommended Immunizations
10. Direct Relief Delivers Hurricane Packs As FEMA Urges Preparedness
11. ASBM Survey Reveals Key Safety Concern Associated with Biosimilar Naming; Urges Distinct Naming Requirement
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/19/2017)... Sept. 19, 2017   ZirMed Inc ., a recognized ... announced that it has been ranked #1 by its users ... Rankings 2017 User Survey. ZirMed was recognized as the ... hospitals and medical centers over 200 beds and holds one ... technology user survey history. ...
(Date:9/13/2017)... ATLANTA , Sept. 13, 2017   OrthoAtlanta ... to the Atlanta Football Host Committee (AFHC) for the 2018 ... Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in ... part of the AFHC "I,m In" campaign, participating in many ... ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... FRANCISCO , Sept. 12, 2017  ValGenesis ... Management Solutions (VLMS), is pleased to announce the ... a member of its Board of Directors and ... ValGenesis VLMS enables life science companies to manage ... the use of paper in this process. Furthermore, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field”: the story of a ... “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field” is the creation of published ... all ages and currently teaches a class of ladies at her church, which she ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Planet Fitness, one of ... announced today its plans to open a flagship location in Covington, LA at 401 ... Rooms To Go store next to Office Depot in the Holiday Square shopping center. ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... AccentCare, a leader in post-acute health care, have expanded their existing home health ... Home Health. , AccentCare has been operating a joint venture home health company ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Leading pediatric oncology experts ... Washington, D.C., for the 49th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology ... of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National, and ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... In the ... a year. In some states—like New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Texas, Virginia, Connecticut, ... retirement havens have extremely low property-tax rates, which contributes to the relatively lower ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):