Help protect our youngest citizens against the death and disfigurement caused by meningitis. Voice your support for infant immunization.
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!
To learn more, here is a link to a fact sheet with further information on Meningococcal Disease, the Meningitis Angels, first hand testimonials and images. You can view and download the information here.
*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central and Meningitis Angels. This campaign was made possible in part through support provided by Novartis Vaccines. A small donation to a charity of my choice was made in my name from Mom Central as a thank-you for participating. All opinions in this posting are 100% my own