Originally Posted by transformher
Acually I do. I had Neisseria Meningitidis Serogroup C, intermediate penicillin sensitivity. I have all of the serotyping records from the hospital lab and the CDC. In addition serogroup C is one of the ones protected against in the vaccine. I have since been vaccinated and my titres have been drawn as they are after each series of vaccinations I have now since I travel quite a bit and need to make sure I have protective levels of antibodies. I have protective antibodies since being vaccinated. (No simply having the disease does not protect you. I had no antibodies to the serogroup I had when my immunologist drew a baseline 6 mos after i got sick)
How can a vaccine protect you if having the disease does not?
I actually came into this thread to share my own personal experience with a survivor of a VPD. My next door neighbor when I was growing up was exposed to German measles (rubella) in utero. He was severely disabled: he was severely intellectually disabled, had major hearing loss in both ears, had frequent seizures, and was generally quite emotionally volatile. His older siblings were not exposed as he was, and they were completely different, both were able to go to a regular school, went off to college, got married, etc. I am 46, and he was born in 1964, so 5 years before the vaccine was available. Interestingly enough, the vaccine itself can cause similar complications if given during pregnancy.