Federal health authorities appear to be getting close to approving a vaccine against potentially fatal Meningitis B. In 2013, the disorder made national news after outbreaks at two U.S. universities with around ten confirmed cases. None were fatal.
A vaccine for three key strains of bacterial meningitis has been available in the United States for years. But for scientific and other reasons, it’s taken longer to develop and approve a vaccine for Meningitis B.
Alicia Stillman has been active in the fight against this disease since it claimed the life of her 19-year old daughter in 2013 while she was attending Kalamazoo College. She has since created a foundation that works to raise awareness and fight the disease. Next week, Alicia Stillman will appear before a CDC immunization panel, where she will urge approval of a recently developed Meningitis B vaccine.
Current State talks with Alicia Stillman about her support for such a vaccine.