As a Nurse Practitioner, mom, wife, friend, sister and neighbor, people are always asking me for health advice. I love translating complicated medical information to help people navigate their way toward better health and wellness. I’ll help you find the information you need to make the best decisions for your health and the health of your family.
Here’s to better health,
Nurse Barb Dehn RN MS NP
It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. Their child, who’s away at college contracts a rare form of Meningitis, becomes seriously ill and lands in a hospital far from home. That’s the tragic and heartbreaking situation for the family of a student from the University of Oregon, Lauren Jones.
Lauren, who was from Georgia, was a freshman student athlete on the Oregon acrobatic and tumbling team. She was one of 4 students who suddenly became ill in January this year and tragically she died from what public health officials believe was Meningitis B.
I wrote about Meningits B back in 2013, when there were outbreaks at Princeton and the University of California, Santa Barbara.
I thought my kid was already vaccinated
My son is also a freshman at the University of Oregon ( U of O ) and I have several patients who also go there. My phone is ringing off the hook, as friends and parents call with questions because this week, there is a mass vaccination effort at the Matthew Knight Arena at the U of O using the BRAND NEW, RECENTLY APPROVED MENINGITIS B VACCINE, TRUMENBA.
Unless your child got one of the first doses of Trumenba over the Winter holidays, they have NOT already had this vaccine.
And, no, if you’re wondering, I do not work for Trumenba or the manufacturers, or anyone associated with this vaccine. I do have experience working in Pediatric ICU at Stanford caring for kids who had Meningitis and would like to help prevent anyone from suffering from this potentially deadly infection.
Your student was vaccinated for DIFFERENT TYPES of Meningitis
Most parents, kids and even a few pediatricians are thinking that the 1 or 2 meningococcal vaccine(s) that they already got previously is sufficient. WRONG!
Ready for this?
I love this real story from a retired teacher who thought nothing could be done about her incontinence and leaking. She just kept buying pads, that is until she reconnected with her high school sweetheart.
It’s never too late to get help for incontinence. This Pelvic Health Self Assessment tool is a good place to start.
Disclosure: I’m working with El Camino Hospital to inform the community about programs that help people live healthier lives.