Protect Infants NOW !

As a mother, your job is to protect your children. So many things are common to look out for - chokable food/toys, hot/sharp surfaces, strangers, and germs. 

Something you may not think of is Meningococcal Disease - the best known complications are Meningitis and sepsis. It may come as a surprise to you, but Meningococcal disease is among the leading causes of preventable infant death

The keyword here is: preventable. 50-60% of cases are prevented with vaccination. And this disease strikes infants (and teens) hard. 1 in 7 people that get the disease will die from it. And of those that survive 1 in 6 will suffer from limb amputations, paralysis, strokes, seizures, hearing loss, blindness, organ damage, brain damage,  severe scarring, and more.

A vaccine was recently approved to stop Meningcoccal Disease and is indicated for babies as young as 9 months. The CDC is gathering information to make recommendations for their infant vaccine schedules right now. 

To make your voice heard on the issue of Infant Meningoccal Disease - take a look at the petition - Protect Infants Now - and share your thoughts on this important issue. You can sign the petition online and encourage the CDC to include the meningoccal vaccines in their recommendations.

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.


Anonymous said...

Wow!!! I HAD NO IDEA!! I am signing it right now. Jane

Stephanie said...

FYI... A "simple" sinus infection can turn into meningitis leading to death if untreated. It is important to seek medical attention to be treated for the infection! A father, a friend to one of my professors, was laying on the ground playing with daughter and he "fell asleep" and never woke up. Autopsy showed this was the cause of death and he did have signs and symptoms of a sinus infection before hand. SCARY!!!

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