Michelle Jackson

Michelle’s Story

In July 2012, Michelle’s eight-year-old son Deven complained that his throat hurt. She gave him some medicine and made a doctor’s appointment for the next day. By morning, he was confused and had a 105-degree fever. The doctor sent Deven to the ER where he was diagnosed with meningococcal blood infection. He survived but had to have both legs amputated below the knees due to damage caused by the infection.

Michelle wants parents to be aware of the symptoms of meningitis and understand that they can ask for meningococcal vaccination for their young children.

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