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Registered: 04-15-2003
Wed, 04-23-2003 - 9:16am
When my son was 3 he got meningococcal with meningococcsemia. 10 months later his twin brother got the same thing. 4 yrs. later I get a computer and find out that my children could have been vaccinated for this horrible disease. Now I am very mad that I was never told that there was a vaccine for this. Parents have the right to know and protect their children. Whether you choose to or not to we should be told of any vaccine that is avalible. My children will suffer for the rest of their lives. And it could have been prevented....kkrew
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Registered: 03-25-2003
Wed, 04-23-2003 - 9:44am
Hi Kkrew - I'm sorry to hear about your boys - what a horrible thing to have to go through. I'm curious to know what country you live in. I remember seeing a program on the PBS or Discovery channel (can't remember which) about New Zealand and the very high rates of meningococcal disease there. Although we have some meningococcal disease here in the US, oftentimes with unhappy consequences, the Menomune vaccine is not on the US recommended childhood schedule. For college students living in the dormitories, the vaccine is recommended but not required (that I know of).

Best wishes ~ Eve

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Registered: 04-12-2003
Wed, 04-23-2003 - 5:08pm
The meningicoccal vaccine isn't routinely offered to all children. INterestingly, since both twins got this infection with a fair amount of space in between, one might want to explore why that happened. You might ask your pediatrician to screen your babies for complement deficiency as this condition can make someone more susceptible to meningicoccal disease. I assume your twins are identical twins, if so then both would have deficiency and that might explain the family clustering. Also, you might want to think about seeing if you have an asymptomatic carrier at home. THis is done through nasopharengeal swab and culture. Just some thoughts to discuss with your ped.