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Dec 16, 2009

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My nephew Landan may still be here today if Menactra was a mandatory vaccine here in the United States. While in Canada all children are given this vaccine to be protected against Meningococcal Meningitis (also known as Bacterial Meningitis or Meningococcemia). In the UK, while I am unsure as to if the vaccine is given, I do know they are very serious on making parents aware of the disease whilst here in the US most parents have never even heard of it. Landan lost his life to Meningococcemia at the innocent age of 3 years old. While there is no way to say whether the vaccine would have protected him if he had it, it's very possible that if the person who was carrying the disease had of had the vaccine that it would have. Millions of Americans are walking around unprotected. If Menactra is made as a mandatory vaccine for American children future generations may not have to deal with the devastating effects the disease causes. Meningococcemia usually has a 90% mortality rate by the time it is discovered. With flu like and cold like symptoms it is often mistaken for flu or a simple cold until Sepsis sets in, which is a very damaging and dangerous infection in the blood. Those who do survive often have to have multiple amputations and cosmetic surgery. It also effects the brain and other vital organs. It truley is a devastating disease. Meningococcemia is common in young children 0-3 years and also in teenagers/collage age young adults. While the Menactra vaccine is available at some doctor offices by request, it is not covered by most insurance plans since it is not mandatory. Please help protect Americans children and future generators by signing my petition to make Menactra a mandatory vaccine given to children. More information on Menactra is available on the actual petition.

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