Protect Infants Now!

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. This disease is one of the leading causes of preventable death in infants. Recently a vaccine was approved by the FDA to prevent meningococcal disease in infants as young as 9 months. The CDC has recommend it for use in infants of high risk. This vaccine and recommendation brings us one step closer to eliminating this fast moving, deadly disease that kills and maims children. Pending FDA review and approval there are more vaccines for infants as young as 2 months on the horizon. In order for infants to receive these vaccines, the CDC must make a recommendation for their use in infants.

Right now the CDC is in the process of gathering public opinion on this issue and in the near months ahead making the important decision of whether to recommend that all infants receive this lifesaving vaccine and others as they become available in order to move towards eliminating this terrible disease. We hope you’ll take the time to learn about meningococcal disease, preventative health measures, and of course the vaccines that can prevent this disease.