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Losing my daughter to meningitis

By Amelia Vitiello July 23rd, 2014 0 Comments

My name is Amalia Vitiello and I am a mother who lives with the torment of losing her daughter. My little angel’s name is Alessia and she was only 18 months old when, six years ago, a horrible disease took her away:  meningitis. Alessia was a wonderful child. Every parent thinks that their children are

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Reflections of a former vaccine sceptic

Reflections of a former vaccine sceptic

By Ulrike Schmidleithner July 15th, 2014 0 Comments

One mother’s journey from vaccine hesitancy to becoming a vaccine advocate with her own blog advising other parents on how to avoid falling for anti-vaccine misinformation. I’d like to tell you about my first experience of vaccination, which goes back 17 years. When my son was about one year old I bought a book written

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Rubella during pregnancy: a major risk for babies

By Gary Finnegan July 10th, 2014 0 Comments

Up to 85% of babies born to mothers who had rubella shortly before or in early pregnancy may develop health problems known as congenital rubella syndrome (CRS). As part of plans to eliminate the disease in Europe, health officials in Europe are encouraging people to ensure they are up to date with their vaccines. Rubella

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Aoibhe’s story

By ACT for Meningitis July 4th, 2014 0 Comments

Some days are easier than others for Siobhan and Noel Carroll, but there is never an easy day. Siobhan and Noel’s lives changed in a heartbeat when their eldest child, Aoibhe, passed away on 2 April 2008. Aoibhe, who had just had her fourth birthday, woke up in the middle of the night with vomiting

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