Real Stories of Meningitis

Meningococcal meningitis is rare, but it can destroy a life in less than 24 hours.1-4 That’s why parents and survivors have joined with Voices of Meningitis to share their inspirational and sometimes tragic stories. Select a video from our library to get started.


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Barbara speaks out against meningitis

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They thought he just had a virus

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To lose a child is a horrible thing

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I had a 2% chance of survival

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By Wednesday she was gone

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Related Links


  1. Apicella MA. Neisseria meningitidis. In: Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolin R, eds. Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett’s Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier; 2010:2737-2752.
  2. Erickson LJ, De Wals P, McMahon J, Heim S. Complications of meningococcal disease in college students. Clin Infect Dis. 2001;33(5):737-739.
  3. Thompson MJ, Ninis N, Perera R, et al. Clinical recognition of meningococcal disease in children and adolescents. Lancet. 2006;367(9508):397-403.
  4. World Health Organization (WHO). Meningococcal Meningitis. Accessed August 28, 2014.