WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) – A Detroit-born mother whose daughter has died from bacterial meningitis is calling on universities to provide students with the meningitis B vaccine.
The Detroit News reports that Alicia Stillman 19 One-year-old daughter Emily Stillman died of the disease in 2013, when the vaccine was not yet approved in the US. The vaccine was approved in 2014.
Alicia Stillman founded the Emily Stillman Foundation in 2015 to raise awareness about the meningitis vaccine. She wants students at big ten universities to be vaccinated against meningitis. Healthcare facilities, including the Michigan State Medical Society, have joined Stillman's efforts.
Society President Betty Chu says college students are particularly at risk of the disease because they are surrounded by community facilities.
Indiana University and Purdue University need vaccine this spring.
Information from: The Detroit News, http://dedews.com/