Emily's Way

To help honor the memory of Emily Benatar, our goal is for 1100 people to have their health records accessible on their phones by February 11th.

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Goal: 1100

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You're off at college and the doctor asks:
"What are your allergies, medications, vaccinations?"

Why should you do this?

As it becomes more common for people to move and travel, and as healthcare providers become more and more specialized, the one person who knows the most about you and your health needs is you. You need to be your own best health advocate. And in order to do that, you need to have access to your health information--things like immunizations, allergies, medications, and health history.

Why are we doing this?

In 2012, Emily Benatar was a freshman in college when she passed away from bacterial meningitis. Emily was vaccinated against meningococcal disease, but the vaccine that was available at the time did not cover serogroup B, which Emily had. Serogroup B meningococcal disease accounts for one-third of U.S. cases. Very recently—on October 29, 2014 and January 23, 2015—the FDA approved the first serogroup B vaccines in the U.S., Trumenba and Bexsero, respectively.

Each year, there's an Emily's Way project in Emily's honor. As we thought about how to raise awareness about meningococcal disease, the vaccines that provide protection against it, and the efficacies of these vaccines, we came to the realization that one of the first steps in being protected is knowing which vaccines you’ve had and when. That’s why this year's Emily's Way project is a campaign to help people take ownership of their health information by getting access to their health records on their phones. Our goal is to get 1100 people set-up with phone access to their health records by February 11, 2015.

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