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Mother who lost daughter to Meningitis B aims to raise awareness about disease

The mother of a Kalamazoo college sophomore who lost her life to Meningitis B has been fighting to raise awareness. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

The mother of a Kalamazoo college sophomore who lost her life to Meningitis B has been fighting to raise awareness.

Emily was 19 years old when she contracted Meningitis B and passed away hours after.

Alicia Stillman along with local health department officials and area health care providers were urging area high school students and parents to vaccinate before you graduate.

This is to help protect students from the deadly, vaccine-preventable disease which is often spread on college campuses.

"What I have learned most importantly is, I was falsely assuming that my daughter was protected with what I knew as the "Meningitis Shot,” said Stillman.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are many different groups of meningitis but the common vaccine only protects against four of them.

Adolescents are still at risk for Meningitis B without a second vaccination.

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