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We Asked An Expert The Important Questions About Meningococcal Disease

Learn more about taking the necessary steps to help protect your children against meningococcal disease with The 16 Vaccine.

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Navigating your own health, let alone your child’s health, can seem like a daunting task.

And in a world with information overload, it can be challenging to determine what course is best for your family.


Luckily, we were able to have a chat with Albert G. Karam, MD (aka, Dr. Al), a board-certified pediatrician who has been serving the children of Dallas in his private practice for more than 35 years while advocating for vaccinating against meningococcal disease.


As a father of six children and grandfather of seven, Dr. Al knows parents should have the most up-to-date, scientifically sound advice and care as possible when it comes to pediatric health. That’s why he’s so enthusiastic about partnering with The 16 Vaccine campaign to help protect teens and raise awareness of CDC-recommended MenACWY vaccination and other adolescent vaccinations, including MenB.


Let’s dive in!


Text: What is meningococcal disease?
Text: Why are young people susceptible to it?
Text: What is the best way parents can help protect their children against meningococcal disease?
Text: What can happen if parents forgo vaccinating their children against meningococcal disease.
Text: Why have so many teens missed the second dose of the MenACWY vaccine?
Text: Do you find parents think a single dose at 11-12 is effective enough to they don't make the second dose a priority?
Text: What's the key takeaway you want parents to remember when considering Menawy for their children?

You’ve got the basics. Now it’s time to take it a step further. Talk to your doctor about vaccinating your teen and visit The 16 Vaccine to learn more about this potentially life-saving protection.

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