Avnee Foundation Partners with the University of Florida to Beat Men B!
- What? Meningitis B Vaccines!
- When? Wednesday October 2, 2019
- What time? 9:30am-2:30pm
- Where? UF Student Health Care Clinic 280 Fletcher Dr, Gainesville, FL 32611 (Google Map)
The Avnee Foundation is partnering with the University of Florida Student Health Care Center (SHCC) and the Alachua County Health Department to protect University of Florida students against Meningitis.
Dr. Amit and Melissa Rawal started the Avnee Foundation in Gainesville after they lost their first baby Avnee in 2013 to Meningitis B. Meningitis is a devastating disease affecting hundreds of people each year in the U.S. In late 2014, the vaccine to protect against Meningitis B was approved in the United States, just a year after Avnee passed away.
The best way to be protected is vaccination. What people don’t realize is that two vaccines are needed to be best protected. The meningitis conjugate vaccine has been around for over 20 years, but protects against only about half of all infections. This is the vaccine many received as a teenager and required for entrance at UF. The great news is that the new vaccine for Meningitis B covers approximately the other ½ of all infections.
The new Type B vaccine is well studied around the world and is safe. As a first step in the US, the CDC has given approval in the 16-23-year-old population as a level B recommendation. The challenge is that very few 16-23 year olds go to see their doctor for well-child checks and vaccination. Universities including UF have placed this on the recommended vaccine list for entrance, yet less than approximately 5% of students on campus at UF have received the vaccine.
Over the past few years, more than 10 college campuses faced an outbreak of Meningitis B. It’s time to get the University of Florida involved: Let’s fight the fight and Beat Men B!