411 Teen Speaks with Cathy Mayfield About Bacterial Meningitis and Run For Lawson

“It was such a life altering event that we just really wanted other people – other families, other teens, young adults and other parents – to benefit from our tragedy so that maybe we could help someone else and maybe we could keep that from happening to someone else’s family.” – Cathy Mayfield

Cathy Mayfield spoke with Dr. Liz Holifield on 411 Teen and Dr. Tameka Funny from the Southeastern Center for Infectious Disease about methods to prevent bacterial meningitis contraction and the upcoming Run For Lawson.

“It happens very quickly,” said Dr. Tameka Funny about bacterial meningitis. “The symptoms come on very quickly. They sometimes only have symptoms for hours before they become very, very ill.”

Still not vaccinated? “Leon County Health Department offers the meningococcal {meningitis} vaccine free to anyone 18 years or younger,” reminds Cathy. “They will give anyone a booster [and] the regular vaccination, and it’s free to anyone who is 18 years or younger.”

411 Teen is a locally produced Tallahassee program created with teen input for a teenage audience. Guests provide insights into topics that concern adolescents and enlightened young people with programs focused on eating disorders, health topics and dating, to name a few.

Listen to the full interview here.


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