Avnee Foundation Partners with the University of Florida to Beat Men B!
- What? FREE Meningitis B Vaccines!
- When? Friday, September 7th, 2018 and Wednesday, October 17th, 2018.
- What time? 9 am – 3 pm.
- Where? SHCC Front Lawn, 280 Fletcher Drive, Gainesville, FL 32608 (Google Map)
The Avnee Foundation is partnering with the University of Florida Student Health Care Center (SHCC) to protect University of Florida students against Meningitis. There will be a campus-wide vaccination campaign on Friday, September 7th and Wednesday, October 17th.
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 2% of students on campus at UF have received the vaccine.
From 2013 to 2017, over 13 college campuses faced an outbreak of Meningitis B. A UF student even contracted Meningitis B this past spring. It’s time to get the University of Florida involved: Let’s fight the fight and Beat Men B!