WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. – A Detroit-born mother whose daughter has died of bacterial meningitis, urges universities to demand that students receive the Meningitis B vaccine.
Alicia Stillman's 19-year-old daughter Emily Stillman dies of the disease in 2013, when the vaccine was not yet approved for use in the US, reports the Detroit News. The vaccine was approved in 2014.
"I remember going to Canada by bus to get my two other children vaccinated because they were not admitted in the US If it did, my daughter would still pursue her dreams here "said Alicia Stillman of West Bloomfield.
She founded the Emily Stillman Foundation in 2015 to raise awareness of the meningitis vaccine. She wants students at big ten universities to be vaccinated against meningitis. Healthcare organizations, including the Michigan State Medical Society, have joined Stillman's efforts.
"Meningitis B is a deadly disease that is particularly dangerous for college students, but it can be prevented," said Betty Chu, president of the company. "Students and young adults are among those most likely to get Meningitis B, especially in environments where students live close by and share drinks and food.
Indiana University and Purdue University began vaccination this spring . " 1
Meningitis B is spread by salivary and nasal secretions, said Stillman. Symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting, headache, stiff neck, joint pain, confusion, photosensitivity, and red or purple rash.