We are all about action here at the Meningitis B Action Project.
Below you can read all about all our latest initiatives and activities to increase awareness of Meningitis B and the vaccine available to help prevent it. Want to get involved? Contact us at email@example.com.
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Next Stop: Wayne State University
June 18, 2019
Every day is a new day to tell one more person about Meningitis B and the vaccine available to help prevent it!
Our latest stop... Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Our co-founder Alicia Stillman was there yesterday to speak to pharmacy students about Meningitis B prevention as part of their class on vaccine-preventable diseases.
MAP in Capitol Hill
June 12, 2019
Our co-founder Patti Wukovits had the honor of being invited by Vaccinate Your Family to film a video on Capitol Hill about Kimberly and Meningitis B and also had the opportunity to speak with Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to discuss the importance of a stronger and clearer vaccine recommendation for Meningitis B.
Other advocates shared their personal stories of vaccine-preventable diseases: flu, pertussis, and measles.
Meet Our Medical Council
June 10, 2019
We are excited to announce our Meningitis B Action Project medical council. Our medical council is made up of leading physicians and healthcare professionals at the forefront of meningococcal disease research, education, policy and advocacy. The Council provides support to the Meningitis B Action Project through medical counsel and review.
Dr. Paul Offit: Dr. Paul Offit is Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Professor of Vaccinology and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
Dr. Gary Marshall: Dr. Gary Marshall is a Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
Dr. Mary Beth Koslap-Petraco, DNP: Dr. Mary Beth Koslap-Petraco is a nurse practitioner in private practice, a Clinical Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University School of Nursing and a nurse consultant for the Immunization Action Coalition.
Dr. Nathan Boonstra: Dr. Nathan Boonstra is a General Pediatrician at the Blank Children’s Pediatric Clinic in Des Moines Iowa.
June 2019: Meningitis B Awareness Month in New York State
June 10, 2019
It was during this month in 2012 that Kimberly Coffey, our co-founder’s Patti Wukovits’ Paty 17-year-old daughter, passed away from Meningitis B one week before her high school graduation. It’s a difficult month for me. It’s also one that pushes me to advocate more than ever before against this terrible, now vaccine-preventable disease. That is why I am proud to announce that June 2019 has officially been recognized as Meningitis B Awareness month in New York State. Thank you to NY Senator Gustavo Rivera (Hon. Gustavo Rivera) and to NY Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther for introducing the resolution. Throughout the month, we will be working to increase awareness of Meningitis B (#MenB) and the vaccine available to help prevent it among all New Yorkers. We would appreciate your help. Stay tuned right here for ways that you can get involved. Together we will stop this disease from hurting one more family - Patti Wukovits
MAP at the American College Health Association Meeting
May 29-31, 2019
Last year at the American College Health Association meeting, there was little buzz about Meningitis B. Many we talked to didn't know about the vaccine or felt that a mandate was unlikely on their campus.
What a difference a year makes.
This year, we heard from many schools who are either planning to require MenB vaccination in the Fall 2019 semester or are now seriously considering it. Plus, we had 70 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES sign up to conduct a Meningitis B awareness campaign on campus!
Thank you for all of you working with us to make this progress possible!
Presentation at East Islip High School
May 14-15, 2019
This week we had the opportunity to tell 300+ 10th graders at East Islip High School in Long Island, New York about Meningitis B. Over and over again, we heard..."I had no idea that there were two vaccines...I never heard of MenB."
You can read some of their reactions here. A good reminder for why we all do what we do.... and why we are just getting started.
NY State Vaccine Exemption Policy
May 6, 2019
Our co-founder Patti Wukovits was in the New York State capital today with Dr. Joseph Sellers, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz and Senator Brad Hoylman to advocate for medical exemptions as the only permissible exemption (vs. religious and philosophical exemptions) for New York's vaccination requirement. Vaccine exemptions have become a significant issue following what is now the worst measles outbreak in the last two decades, with NY state leading in the number of cases.
Read more here
Partnership with Patient Point
April 24, 2019
As our action for Day of Action Against Meningitis B, we are excited to announce that starting today, we will be able to deliver MenB education to 3,000+ primary care waiting rooms across the country through a new partnership with PatientPoint!
Read more and watch some of the segments below.
Day of Action Against MenB
April 24, 2019
On April 24, World Meningitis Day, the B-team created a wave of MenB awareness actions across the United States by committing to complete AT LEAST one action against MenB in every single state in the United States.
Together, we reached over 1 million people across all 50 states with one very important message - it takes two vaccines to be fully immunized against meningococcal disease - MenACWY and MenB.
Read our press release and view the compilation video below.
MAP on Ladies’ Room with Dr. Donnica Podcast
April 23, 2019
WE'RE IN A PODCAST!
Thank you B-teamer Dr. Donnica Moore for sharing our story in this week's episode of In the Ladies' Room with Dr. Donnica tp help us spread the word on MeningitisB on this Day of Action Against MenB.
MAP at National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)
March 8, 2019
Working hard at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) conference today! Nurse practitioners are superheroes 🦸♀️ and incredibly important in our fight to increase MeningitisB vaccination rates.
U.S. House of Representatives Resolution for World Meningitis Day
April 24, 2018
On World Meningitis Day (April 24), and during World Immunization Week, we, along with our partners and supporters, remembered the lives of our daughters and the countless other lives lost to, or affected by meningitis, and raised our voices to ensure no other parent or family needlessly suffers the same fate.
To mark the big week, we had an incredible opportunity to join U.S. Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN) and Congressman Mike Bishop (MI) in Washington D.C. to introduce a Resolution to the U.S. House of Representatives that would designate April 24th as National Meningitis B Awareness Day in the United States.
While in Washington D.C., we met with 40+ policymakers to share a letter of support signed by meningitis and vaccination advocates from around the world with a simple ask: to ask for their support in raising awareness of Meningitis B and ensuring broader access to the vaccine available to help prevent it.
Click here to read the full letter.
You can also watch the resolution reading here, and related press conference here.