Parent of Josh, a meningococcal disease survivor | California

My son was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis in 1988 when he was 2 yrs old. The night before he was diagnosed we called the doctor to let him know that my son had a fever of 104; we were told to bring him to the office in the morning. When we saw the doctor in the morning, we were sent home with a diagnosis of high fever flu. No medications were sent home. By the afternoon, Josh’s blood vessels were bursting, he had negative blood pressure and he was in shock.

Thank God for the head physician at Sutter Memorial Hospital and the other doctors and nurses for saving my child. He had a 20% chance to live and he did. He was in intensive care for 2 weeks and in the hospital for 5. He had to go through Physical Therapy and wear leggings and only has a few scars to remind us all of this terrible experience.

Thank you for educating the public, physicians and other health care professionals about this terrible disease. That the flu can be more than just the flu. It is too bad the vaccine is only recommended for pre-teens and teens. This disease hit my son at age 2 and hit him hard. Like blood poisoning bursting his veins!

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