Krystle was in her last semester as an undergraduate student at the University of New Orleans in 2005 when she woke up feeling ill. As the day progressed, she experienced problems with her mobility and vision. She called her father, and he carried her to his car and drove her to an emergency room. Because they suspected bacterial meningitis, doctors performed a spinal tap and checked to see if Krystle could bend her head or neck. She remained in the hospital for several weeks while she recovered the disease and associated complications. At the time of her diagnosis, meningococcal vaccination was not yet required in Louisiana.
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- The 16 Vaccine – How Krystle Beat Meningococcal Meningitis
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