Limestone County Courthouse lights up for Meningitis Awareness Day

Since 2009 the city of Athens has recognized September 23 as Meningitis Awareness Day, in honor of Jessica Elkins who died suddenly from the disease in 2007.

ATHENS, Ala. (WAFF) - A Limestone County family is pushing to help you, in honor of their loved one’s life.

Since 2009 the city of Athens has recognized September 23 as Meningitis Awareness Day, in honor of Jessica Elkins who died suddenly from the disease in 2007.
Since 2009 the city of Athens has recognized September 23 as Meningitis Awareness Day, in honor of Jessica Elkins who died suddenly from the disease in 2007. (Source: WAFF)

September 23 is Meningitis Awareness Day in Athens. Jessica Elkins died after contracting meningitis in 2007, she was a just freshmen at Athens High School.

Her family helped get the Jessica Elkins Act passed in 2014, which requires schools to educate families about meningitis and the vaccine

Her mother Michelle says Jessica was scheduled to get the vaccine three months before she died.

In 2007, the recommended age was 15. Now, it’s 11.

“It is a tough day so the more we can share it, it makes it a little easier for us just to hope we can save a life. Make sure your children have had this,” Michelle Elkins said.

The Limestone County Courthouse lit up Wednesday night in the color burgundy, the color of meningitis awareness, In honor of Jessica Elkins.

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