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6-year-old Ben recovers in the hospital holding balloons and smiling
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Ben’s Story (Meningococcal Disease)

A 6-year-old was hospitalized and permanently lost all hearing in his left ear due to bacterial meningitis. Now he wants others to know about life-saving vaccines …

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Vivian wearing cowboy hat at Grand Canyon
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Vivian’s Story (Hepatitis B)

A doctor unknowingly infected with hepatitis B first learned of her diagnosis while donating blood at college at age 19 …

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A woman sits in a restaurant booth eating cake
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Sonya’s Story (COVID-19)

A daughter prays that her mother’s death helps others understand the dangers of COVID-19

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Ricky's Story (C. Diff)
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Ricky’s Story (C. diff)

Ricky was a 23-year-old college student when he was diagnosed with a severe case of C. diff that made him sick for over a year and cost him thousands of dollars on treatment

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Melissa Geraghty, C. diff story
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Melissa’s Story (C. diff)

Melissa shares her story to help others learn about the potential risks of antibiotics and the seriousness of C. diff

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Emmily’s Story (Flu)

Emmily was a healthy, active 13-year old, who ended up in a medically-induced coma for nearly 6 weeks as a complication of influenza (flu). The flu vaccine likely saved her life.

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Emily’s Story (RSV)

Emily’s daughter Presley caught RSV and passed away in November 2021. Now, Emily advocates and raises awareness about RSV

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Maria Real Story COVID-19
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Maria’s Story (COVID-19)

Maria was a healthy, active 41-year-old who contracted COVID-19 before vaccines were available, and is now a severe COVID-19/ECMO survivor and a vaccine advocate

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