Meningitis B Action Project
The Meningitis B Action Project works to arm parents and young adults with the information to proactively talk to their healthcare provider about Meningitis B (MenB) and the vaccine available to help prevent it, and to encourage the medical community and high school, college and university administrators to talk to their patients and students about the MenB vaccine.
The Project was started by Patti Wukovits (Kimberly Coffey Foundation) and Alicia Stillman (Emily Stillman Foundation), who each lost their young, healthy daughters too soon to a now vaccine-preventable disease, MenB.
The project works with a network of 2,000+ advocates and supporters, called the B-team, to extend their efforts to communities across the country.
The Kimberly Coffey Foundation actively works to educate lawmakers on meningococcal disease and to advocate for better meningococcal vaccine policy across the country. We were heavily involved with the passing of the meningococcal disease law in New York State in 2016, as well as current efforts to end select vaccine exemptions. In addition, through the work of the Foundation, June has been declared ‘Meningitis B Awareness’ month in New York state since 2015.
THE Kimberly Coffey Foundation Memorial Nursing Scholarship
The Kimberly Coffey Foundation Memorial Nursing Scholarship is awarded in honor of Kimberly’s beautiful spirit to a deserving senior at East Islip High School in NY pursuing a career in Nursing. Kim died from meningococcal disease one week before her 2012 high school graduation at East Islip High School and three months before starting her nursing education at Molloy College in NY.
Kim’s dream was to be a pediatric nurse, and through this scholarship it is our hope to keep her memory present at East Islip High School where she was loved by so many.
Every year, we speak with high schools and colleges across the country to educate students about the importance of Meningitis B vaccination.
In the News
CME / CE: Case-by-Case: Preventing MenB Disease in Adolescents and Young Adults
Medscape | Septemnber 26, 2019
There is not only one meningitis vaccine - a mother’s story
The Journal of The Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State | Summer 2019
Two Meningitis B Vaccines Have Been Approved in the US. So Why Are Young People Still Dying From It?
Health.com | June 12, 2019
New England College mandates meningitis B vaccine
New Hampshire Union Leader | October 01, 2018
National Immunization Awareness Month Highlights The Importance Of Vaccinations
Long Island Weekly | August 17, 2019
Getting vaccinated before college
Verizon FiOS1 Long Island | August 16, 2018
After Daughters’ Deaths, Moms Urge Parents to Consider Men B Vaccine
NBC News | August 18, 2018
This disease can kill quickly — Is your child protected?
In Good Health | June 27, 2018
A mother's story: Why children may not be protected from all forms of meningitis
WRVO | October 7, 2017
Mom Of Meningitis Victim: ‘I Lost My Baby Girl To A Vaccine-Preventable Disease’
CBS Denver | June 24, 2015
East Islip Mother Who Lost Daughter To Meningitis Starts Foundation to Spread Awareness
WLNY CBS New York | June 20, 2015