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Heard of the Meningitis Vaccine?

It's Safe, Effective, and Can Save Lives, Yet It's Unknown to Many

Grassroots Effort

In the meantime, Mike Kepferle is doing his part. After his son's death, he and four other parents of teens killed or handicapped by meningococcal infections formed the National Meningitis Association Inc. Besides operating a web site, they are currently mailing an alert to parents of high school seniors across the country that there is a vaccine that may help them prevent the fate of their children. Kepferle serves as director of the nonprofit group.

"And next year, we'll expand it to parents of younger kids," he tells WebMD. "What we want is for other parents to get the information they need -- and know there's a vaccine that's been around for decades that can help prevent meningitis. We're not telling them what they should do. We just want them to know what they need to know so they can make their own decision."

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