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Surviving Hib Meningitis: An Interview with My Mother

By Elizabeth Abbott

Just over 30 years ago, at 15 months of age, I was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis as a result of Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) infection. The vaccine that protects against Hib had not yet been introduced. At that time, Hib was the leading cause of bacterial meningitis among children under five years of age in the U.S. Each year, about 20,000 children under five years got severe Hib disease, and about 1,000 died. As many as 1 out of 5 children survivors of Hib meningitis end up with brain damage or become deaf.

Since vaccine introduction in the late 1980s, the number of cases of invasive Hib disease has decreased by more than 99 percent. By 2012, less than 50 U.S. cases of Hib disease occurred each year in children under five, and most cases we see today are the result of parents choosing not to vaccinate. While some parents may believe their child is not at risk of rare Hib infection, the bacteria still exists and can cause severe harm through the diseases it causes.

In honor of World Meningitis Day (April 24) and National Infant Immunization Week (April 18-25), I sat down with my beautiful mother to remember the “traumatic experience” she faced as her child overcame this life-threatening illness. Read more

Patiently Waiting for MMR Vaccine

In honor of National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), April 18-25, 2015, our friend and guest teammate shares why vaccines are important for protecting her infant and keeping her family of five healthy.

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My husband keeps asking me, “When does BabyGirl get her shots?”

“At six months,” I remind him.

“Measles?” he’ll ask again.

“Not until she’s at least a year old.”

“So we’re waiting on pins and needles for six more months?” he’ll ask. Read more

April 2015 Immunization Observances

Goodbye, March. Hello, April! With cold weather behind us and the active flu season slowing down, April brings a renewed, hopeful focus on health. In fact, April boasts FOUR immunization-related observances. Read more

Vaccines are like…onions?

By Stephanie Wasserman

This week is National Infant Immunization Week, and it is also the week the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC) celebrates its members, supporters, partners and friends at our annual SOUP! (Shots Offer Unrivaled Protection) event. All of this excitement around immunization advocacy led me to reflect on my experience thus far as executive director of the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition. What I have learned in the past six months is that immunizations are a lot like onions. Let me explain. Read more