I was a recently graduated nurse a couple of years ago. My husband and I decided to get pregnant and begin our family again (we have a 10 year old little boy). We had a healthy beautiful little girl that we were able to have in our lives for one whole month and an extra day. She had contracted GBS meningitis and succumbed to the disease. The question I want to present to you fellow nurses (and parents) is WHY this disease is spoken of SO very little in the parent teaching community AND the nurse teaching community when it is the number ONE killer of infants in the US? I understand that if we talked about everything, we would be blue in the face three hours later on a well child vaccine visit BUT when it is the #1 killer and it isn't even mentioned??
Please remember this when you see your next infant parents in a vaccine room or even on your OB unit. I am a nurse and knew so very little of this killer that I was ashamed. I have educated myself now and will do so for others. I might not be able to go back to work yet but I will continue to share my knowledge.
Please share your ideas and views on this, I really do care.