Protect infants now! Ask CDC to recommend infant meningococcal vaccines

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Infants are the most vulnerable among us—they cannot stand up for themselves, and so it is our job to protect them. Every child deserves a healthy start. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that infants be vaccinated against many diseases that threaten their health and their lives. But one deadly disease continues to cause intense devastation among infants and their families: Meningococcal disease, one of the most common causes of meningitis and sepsis.

Right now, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is traveling around the country seeking public input on whether infants two years and younger should be immunized against meningitis — a leading cause of preventable infant death in the U.S. One out of 16 infants who contract the disease will not survive.  Among survivors, one in five will suffer seizures, blindness, amputation, paralysis or learning disabilities. Successful vaccination programs have eliminated small pox globally, and cases of polio, measles, diphtheria and Hib are at all time lows. The eradication of meningococcal meningitis is an achievable, pressing public health objective and vaccinating infants is an important step in that direction. One safe and effective meningitis vaccine has been approved by the Food & Drug Administration, and more are on the horizon. But it is up to CDC to recommend that pediatricians include them in their vaccination schedule. If you cannot attend a CDC regional meeting in Seattle, Chicago, or Denver this summer, this petition will give you a voice to let CDC know you support infant immunization against meningitis.  Sign the Meningitis Angels petition, today!

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