Cause of death – Bacterial Meningitis
Vaccination status – Vaccinated
Synopsis – According to public health and university officials, Christina Adame, 23, fell ill around 11 p.m. on the night of October 19, 2010 and died approximately three hours later. She was partially incoherent when she called her mother that night.
Adame’s mother lives in Evans. She told reporters that her daughter called late Tuesday night, saying she had flu like symptoms and was having difficulty breathing. Her mother then called 911 who responded to Adame’s private off-campus residence in Fort Collins.
“This is an illness that can kill very quickly, and can kill otherwise healthy people,” Dr. Adrienne LeBailly, director of the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment said at press conference.
Unfortunately, Christina contracted the disease even though she was vaccinated in 2006. As good a preventive tool as vaccines are, they do not protect against all strains, and do not provide 100% guarantee against the strains they do protect from. Those too young to be vaccinated, along with those who cannot be vaccinated for various reasons and those for whom the vaccine does not work, have to rely on herd immunity for protection. Unfortunately, in this case, herd immunity could not provide Christina with the protection she needed.
This is a local TV station news report with the official lab results confirming the bacteria that caused Christina’s death was in fact meningococcal, group C, one of the strains included in the vaccine Christina had received 4 years ago.
A memorial fund, started with a $1,000 donation from the local CBS TV station, in Christina’s honor has been set up. Contributions can be made to the fund by visiting a special section of Colorado State University’s Web site or by sending donations to this address:
Christina Adame Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 1870
Fort Collins, CO 80522-1870
The local community has rallied around Christina’s family in their time of need. We add our hearts and thoughts to theirs in expressing our deepest condolences to her family; we are very sorry for your loss.