My heart is heavy, as I e-mailed with parents this past weekend who lost their 18 year old son a month ago. After many conversations back and forth, I learned that the boy, when he was 11, had received the initial dose of the meningitis vaccine.
He did not receive a booster dose, and he passed away from one of the vaccine-preventable strains. My heart just aches for what this family is going through. They did not know about a booster dose. They thought they had protected their son.
I hope this will be a wake-up call to make sure all children are up-to-date with CDC recommended vaccines.