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A six year old from just a couple towns away died today from meningitis at a nearby hospital. I feel so bad for her family. They mentioned in the news report that there is a vaccine for kids 14 and older, and I already knew that, but I don't know why that is. Why can't they make one for younger children?
VPD's worry me ten times more now that one of my little guys has started school and will no doubt have contact with a whole sleu of illnesses and likely some unvaxed kids. They are telling the parents of kids at the school the 6 year old attended not to worry, and they're testing/treating a bunch of kids who had contact with her. I hope it hasn't spread, I can't imagine how scary this must be for the parents at that school. I think I'd pull my kids out until they're sure no one else has it even though the health department is telling them that's not necessary. But I'm a worrier!
How sad To me it's a good example of why people should have their children vaccinated. So that the ones that are too young to be vaccinated don't catch the disease & die from it. People just don't understand how truely life threatening things diseases are. But then again, they've never watched someone die from it. Ugh sorry I'll come down from my small soapbox. It's just something close to my heart.
I hope they do come out with a vaccine that's for younger children. It's needed. It's not just teens & adults dying from Meningitis. It's been over a year now that I heard a vaccine for younger children was in the works. We'll see what happens I guess. I'm a worrier too & would probably pull my kids as well.
The thing about meningitis is that it kills SO FAST. They said that 48 hours prior she was fine and then she was gone. They got her to the hospital quickly but it still wasn't quick enough. It could happen to anybody and barely leaves time to get treatment, it's very scary. Come to think of it, I don't know if I've been vaccinated for it... Did they have a meningitis vaccine 25-30 years ago?
November 14th early evening - Landan woke up from a nap & was cranky. He was holding his throat & I asked him if his throat hurt, he said yes. He slept off & on the rest of the evening on the couch, then we took him to bed. He woke up a few times in the middle of the night for juice.
Nov 15th - I woke up around 9am to find him on the floor covered in a rash. Called 911 & went to the hospital.
Nov 16th - 8:15am, Landan's heart stopped & he died.
One of the other problems is actually diagnosing it in time. Once the rash has appeared it has already progressed alot & has crossed over into the blood stream & is causing sepsis. So alot of the times, people are sent home by doctors telling them it is a cold/the flu & some have died at home.
I thought I read an article that said it was first developed in 1978, but don't quote me on that. I'd have to actually look it up.
And it's just like the Menactra commercial says "This is what Meningitis looks like just 24hrs before claiming a persons life." It's so true!