The dangers of meningitis: one mother's story

Oct 6, 2017

Meningitis is a disease most people are vaccinated against, and is often treatable if contracted. But it's still a very serious disease, and in some cases it can be deadly. This week on Take Care, WRVO's health and wellness show, we hear the story of one woman who lost her daughter to meningitis. 

Patti Wukovits spoke with hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen about her daughter Kimberly, a high school senior who died in 2012 after coming down with flu-like symptoms. While Kimberly had received the meningococcal vaccine, she was diagnosed with Meningitis B, a strain of the disease for which there was no vaccine at the time. 

We also hear from Dr. Allan Tunkel, Associate Dean for Medical Education at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University, an expert in bacterial meningitis and other central nervous system infections.

You can hear more from Wukovits and Dr. Tunkel on Take Care, WRVO's health and wellness show, Saturday at 6 a.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. Support for this story comes from the Health Foundations for Western and Central New York.