Meningitis Survivor Urges People To Get Vaccinated
A meningitis survivor turned activist, is urging people to get vaccinated on World Meningitis Day.
Gold medal Paralympian, Jamie Schanbaum was hospitalized back in 2008 for having an asthma attack with flu-like symptoms.
It turned out to be meningitis and she lost her legs and fingers to the disease.
Now, she alongside medical professionals, are trying to educate the public to prevent what they say is preventable.
“And what we like to do is prevent it from impacting them to start with. That is where vaccination plays a role. Vaccination is our tool for prevention,” says GlaxoSmithKline Dr. Leonard Friedland
“You know, you think it might not happen to you but for me, it did. And I woke up every day, thinking that I would wake up and it would be different and it wasn’t. I just really don’t want anyone to go through the nightmare experience that I had,” says meningitis survivor Jamie Schanbaum.
Every year 1.2 million people are affected by meningitis.