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Oologah-Talala public schools' students to receive meningitis vaccine

BY SONYA COLBERG Modified: March 17, 2010 at 9:17 am •  Published: March 17, 2010

is so quick. You get sick and you just have hours, if not minutes,” Carolyn Mitchell said.

Frankie Milley, the founder of Meningitis Angels, flew in from her Texas headquarters to try to help the families and press for legislation to require meningitis vaccinations for middle school-age children. Vaccinations for that age are currently a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation.

Milley said she has dedicated her life the past 12 years to helping meningitis victims, families and states hit by the disease since losing her 18-year-old son to the disease. She met Tuesday with Rep. Tad Jones, Sen. Sean Burrage and Rep. Joe Dorman about the meningitis outbreak in Oologah-Talala Public Schools.

"I can see them moving forward with some really great bills and laws in the future,” Milley said.

Jones, a Republican who graduated from Oologah High School, said concerned Oklahomans have called him to discuss the outbreak.

"It’s a tragic situation,” he said. "If we need to look at legislation, we can consider that.”


Students, faculty and staff of Oologah-Talala public schools can receive free meningitis vaccinations from noon to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Rogers County Health Department, 2664 N Highway 88, Claremore. For more information, go to and


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