Require physicians to speak to their patients, ages 16-23, about Meningitis B
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Many doctors in the United States are not discussing the Meningitis B vaccine with their college-aged patients. According to a study published in Pediatrics on August 2018, among 900 doctors surveyed, 49% of pediatricians and 69% of family physicians did not discuss the MenB vaccine during routine visits for 16-18 year olds. This is a serious problem because the CDC currently recommends that decisions to vaccinate 16-23 year olds against MenB should be made at the individual level with health care providers. As a result, less than 10% of 16-18 year olds have received at least one dose of the MenB vaccine, and only 7% of college students are estimated to have received the MenB vaccine.
However, Meningitis B is responsible for 100% of meningococcal disease outbreaks on college campuses and college students are 3.54 times more likely to become infected with Meningitis B than non-college students.
As two mothers who each lost our young daughters to Meningitis B, we can't let this continue. Students and their parents have the right to know so they can make an informed decision that could save their lives.
Our ask: The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association must create guidelines requiring physicians in the United States to discuss Meningitis B and the vaccine available to prevent it with their college-aged patients.
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