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Dad travels the country educating parents about Meningitis vaccine

Becky Werner died 10 years ago, after she contracted Meningitis. (Source: Family) Becky Werner died 10 years ago, after she contracted Meningitis. (Source: Family)

Bob Werner travels the country spreading the word about the dangers ofMeningitis, "It's crazyto think that there are other parents who might have to go through this,"he said.
  
It was ten years ago and his daughter Beckydidn't feel well, so after a rough night Werner took her to the hospital with whathe thought was a bad case of the flu.

It was much more than that, he says, "Her liver shut down, her kidneysshut down, she was losing her organs one by one, by nine o'clock that night shewas dead."

Becky Werner died from Meningitis, and now her dad travels thecountry urging parents to get their children vaccinated for Meningitis. Werner was the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine today.

"I wish I had the chance to give her that shot and you'regoing to deny your child that choice, you're playing Russian Roulette," herelates as part of his message.

Werner is working with the pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteurand Sherdina Williams, the President of the Ohio Association of School Nurses.It's a program called the Voices of Meningitis and the critical issue theybelieve is that many parents don't realize there is a vaccine available forMeningitis.

"Once they were made aware they stated they would get the vaccine. It'spreventable and every year in this area we have some type of threat withmeningitis," said Williams.

It's been ten years since Bob Werner lost his daughter andhe misses her every day. That's why he spends so much time crossing thecountry, spreading the word about the Meningitis vaccine.

"Well, Becky was too important to not do something about it," hesaid.

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