Oologah's Jeremiah Mitchell Helps Change National Meningitis Vaccination Guidelines

Friday, October 29th 2010, 4:14 pm
By: News On 6


UNDATED -- A young meningitis survivor is prompting change in policy at the Centers for Disease Control.

Jeremiah Mitchell and his family testified this week before the CDC in Atlanta. He survived bacterial meningitis in the spring but it forced his arms and legs to be amputated.

7/3/2010 Related Story: Jeremiah Mitchell Adjusting To Life After Meningitis

The CDC is now recommending children be vaccinated for meningitis at ages 11 and 12, then given a booster shot at 16.  For kids who first get the vaccine at 13 years old, the CDC is recommending a booster shot 5 years after.