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May 27, 2021

Parents! Take 5 To Protect Kids Against Meningitis

Please note: We partnered with GSK for their Take 5 meningitis campaign for this episode, but my thoughts are my own.) 

My kids are getting older and as they get closer to their college years I want to make sure that they are covered when it comes to vaccines to keep them healthy when they leave our home. As mentioned, vaccines are important, and staying up to date on vaccinations is critical. However, as I found out recently, you may not know about all vaccines that your kids should have and that includes getting both sets of shots for meningitis.

Take 5 For Meningitis

The Take 5 for Meningitis campaign is a campaign that GSK has started that aims to make sure that all parents are aware of the reality of meningitis and the importance of vaccination. I mean, did you know that adolescents and young adults have higher rates of meningitis due to close contact with each other, sharing drinks or eating utensils, coughing or kissing? While meningococcal disease is uncommon, studies have shown that between 2014-2017, the relative risk of contracting Meningitis B was 3.5 to 5 times higher in college students aged 18-24 years compared with peers not attending college.

Today we partnered with our friend Christine Koh from the Edit Your Life podcast who recently interviewed Dr. Len Friedland who is a dad, pediatrician, and research scientist, and serves as Vice President, Director of Scientific Affairs and Public Health, for GSK Vaccines. 

Learn about Jamie Schanbaum’s story

Visit www.meningitisB.com for more information

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Christopher Lewis


Christopher is the co-founder of Fathering Together and the Chief Information Officer. He is the father of 2 daughters that are now in their tweens and teens. He started Dad of Divas, a blog to share his own personal experiences in being a father in 2007 and in 2018 started the Dads With Daughters Facebook Group to allow dads to connect, learn and grow together. He works in Digital Media on a daily basis, but also has over 20 years of experience in higher education administration.

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