Patti Wukovits: June 8, 2016


Patti Wukovits, Executive Director of The Kimberly Coffey Foundation, shares results of nationwide poll of what parents understand about meningococcal disease


Patti Wukovits

Executive Director of The Kimberly Coffey Foundation



Richard Chung, M.D.

Director – Adolescent Medicine

Duke University


Patti Wukovits lost her daughter, Kimberly Coffey, to group B meningococcal disease, also known as MenB, at age 17, just three days before her senior prom and high school graduation. As a nurse, Patti was vigilant in having Kimberly vaccinated. She had the common misconception that the meningococcal vaccine (MCV4) available at that time fully protected her daughter, when, in fact, it didn’t protect her against MenB. One day Kim was healthy, the next day she was in the ICU fighting for her life, despite a quick diagnosis and aggressive treatment.

Following the tragic loss of her daughter, Patti founded The Kimberly Coffey Foundation to educate parents about the dangers of MenB and the importance of vaccination against it. She wants to ensure that no parent or person ever has to go through what she and her daughter did.

The Kimberly Coffey Foundation partnered with Pfizer to sponsor the National Meningococcal Disease Awareness Survey conducted online by Harris Poll to evaluate parents’* knowledge of meningococcal disease, including MenB. The survey found 81 percent of parents did not know or were not sure if there is one type of meningococcal vaccine that protects against A, C, W, Y and a different vaccine that protects against group B prior to taking the survey.  As teens and young adults head home for summer break, now is the time for parents to talk to their teen or young adult’s healthcare provider about the MenB vaccine. for more information about MenB and the survey.

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