BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Meningococcal disease continues to make victims among the students at Oregon State University. In hope that this terrible disease will not make any more victims, a mother who almost lost her son to it urges students to get vaccinated.
The health officials are now asking all students at Oregon State University aged 25 or less to have the type B meningococcal vaccine administered. Such a vaccine is not usually administered to college students, but this is a special case when immediate intervention is needed.
The authorities inform all students that they can find the vaccines at the Students Health Services. Also, they are planning to open a vaccination spot in the OSU campus next Wednesday or next Thursday.
Brandi Franklin, from Vancouver, is the mother of a boy who almost died because of meningococcal disease. She urges the students to take the vaccine before it’s too late. Her son, Cavan, was only 10 months old when he contracted the disease.
She described how quickly the disease can act. When the boy went to bed, he was fine but, after six hours, doctors did not give him many survival chances. Fortunately, they intervened immediately and put him under treatment.
He spent more than two months in the hospital. He had to undergo surgeries and skin grafts to have the skin eaten by the bacteria replaced. Now, Cavan in 12 years old and he is in a much better condition. He is currently learning to walk, but is still using a wheelchair.
The Deputy Director of the Benton County Health Department, Charlie Fautin, says that this disease usually affects young people. He is keeping a close watch on OSU and the meningococcal disease outbreak.
Back in November 2016, two undergraduate students were diagnosed with the disease four days apart from each other. Last week, another student was diagnosed and he was immediately sent to the Corvallis hospital.
Even if there are only three cases and over quite an extensive timespan, the CDC criteria for an outbreak are still met. The victims are now in stable conditions and all those who came in contact with them have received treatment.
The disease might start out just like the flu. They include headaches, fever, exhaustion, rash, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. If you experience any of those symptoms, go see a doctor immediately. They recommend people not to share anything that comes in contact with someone’s nose or mouth.
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