August 2017: Meningococcal Immunization Awareness Month

WHEREAS, meningococcal disease is a serious illness which can lead to meningitis (infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord) and infections of the blood, and is spread from person to person through close contact; and,

WHEREAS, meningococcal disease kills 10 to 15 infected people out of 100 and for those who survive, many will suffer disabilities such as hearing loss, brain damage, amputations, or nervous system problems; and,

WHEREAS, there have been several recent U.S. outbreaks of serogroup B meningococcal disease on college campuses, with some cases resulting in death; and,

WHEREAS, during this month, we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Emily Stillman Foundation to encourage parents and caregivers to talk to their healthcare providers about getting their children up-to-date on meningococcal vaccines;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim August 2017 as Meningococcal Immunization Awareness Month in Michigan.