Help us protect our youngest citizens against the death and disfigurement caused by meningococcal meningitis. Voice your support for infant immunization.
October 23, 2012 the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will decide 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 for infants in this age group, and more are on the horizon.
But it is up to CDC to recommend that pediatricians include them in their vaccination schedule. I am asking that this petition will give you a voice to let CDC know you support infant immunization against meningitis.
Therefore, we, the undersigned, support protecting infants from meningitis and urge the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recommend that pediatricians immunize infants two years old and younger against meningococcal disease. This is a crucial step toward preventing infant death, amputation, seizure, brain damage and other effects of this horrible disease. We support a full, routine recommendation and Vaccine for Children Program coverage so that all children have access to the vaccine and state health departments can effectively educate the public about meningitis and how best to prevent it.