Meningitis: Campus Outbreaks on the Rise

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: With a number of meningitis outbreaks hitting college campuses across the nation, how can you ensure your kids are safe?
Air Date: 3/12/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: David Hill, MD
david hill 2013Dr. David Hill is Vice President of Cape Fear Pediatrics in Wilmington, NC and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UNC Medical School. He serves on the executive committees of the North Carolina Pediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics Council On Communications and the Media. In addition to writing a monthly column for Wilmington Parent Magazine, Dr. Hill writes and records for multiple websites including as,, and He has three children, ages 6, 9, and 11.
Meningitis: Campus Outbreaks on the Rise
Princeton University is experiencing a prolonged outbreak of serogroup B meningococcal disease, with eight cases reported.

The CDC, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), Princeton University officials, and local health authorities have been working together since the first case of meningococcal disease associated with Princeton University was reported in March 2013.

The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), is experiencing an outbreak of serogroup B meningococcal disease, with four confirmed cases reported during November 2013.

Why are we seeing more outbreaks of this preventable disease? Are parents not vaccinating their children and making sure to get the booster before college?

Special guest, Dr. David Hill, explains the meningitis vaccine and why it is imperative that parents double check that all their kids' vaccines are up to date.
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