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Moms on Meningitis

The National Meningitis Association (NMA) has formed a coalition of mothers from across the country whose children’s lives have been drastically affected by meningococcal disease. The “Moms on Meningitis” (M.O.M.s) support NMA in its efforts to educate local parents, adolescents, young adults and surrounding communities about meningococcal disease and prevention through media outreach and community activities. It is the M.O.M.s’ hope that by sharing their personal experiences, other families will know about the dangers of meningococcal disease and have the opportunity to make informed decisions about immunization.

Each mother has a tragic, personal story to share about the devastating effects of meningococcal disease. Their goal is to prevent other families from suffering as they have, by encouraging parents, adolescents and young adults to learn about the:

  • Increased risk for meningococcal disease among adolescents and young adults
  • Flu-like symptoms and rapid progression of the disease, which can often be difficult to diagnose
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccination for all 11-12 year olds, with a booster dose at age 16
  • Methods of prevention, including immunization with a meningococcal conjugate vaccine, and practicing good hygiene habits (e.g., washing hands)

M.O.M.s by State

M.O.M.s in the News
  • Mom Gail Bailey: Simple shot could have saved son's life click here
  • Costco Features National Meningitis Association, click here.
  • Mom Michelle Elkins Holds Vaccine Clinic, click here