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CDC Will Hold Public Meetings in Four Cities On Meningococcal Vaccine Policy

Posted: 6/8/2011 7:32:20 AM | with 3 comments

On June 15, 2011 in Concord, New Hampshire, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will engage the public for their feedback on a meningococcal vaccine policy proposal that would add more doses of meningococcal vaccine to the infant child vaccination schedule.
CDC is asking questions about options for expanded meningococcal vaccine use, including whether the vaccine should be made available for all who voluntarily want to use it; whether recommendations should target those most at risk; or whether vaccine use should be made mandatory for all infants and children.
July Meetings In Seattle, Chicago, Denver
Public engagement meetings will also be held in Seattle (early July date TBD); Chicago, Illinois (July 21); and Denver, Colorado (July 25).
June 15 Meeting in Concord, NH Requires Registration
The meeting in Concord, NH will take place June 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH, 03301. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Vaccine Stakeholder Meeting Held in D.C. on May 25
CDC held a vaccine stakeholder meeting on May 25 in Washington, D.C. , which was attended by federal and state health officials, representatives from non-governmental medical trade associations, non-profit health advocacy organizations (including NVIC), vaccine manufacturers and organizations representing state legislators and others.
Many different perspectives were voiced about whether it would be a good idea to add more doses of meningococcal vaccine to the routine childhood schedule.
NVIC Questions Proposed Policy, Opposes Mandates
NVIC is very concerned about the safety, effectiveness and cost of the proposed universal use recommendations for infants to get three to four doses of meningococcal vaccine in infancy, in addition to the already recommended dose for children at 11-12 years of age and the dose recommended for all college freshman.
Most vaccine universal use recommendations by CDC are turned into legal mandates at the state level. NVIC opposes mandated use of meningococcal vaccine and supports the ethical principle of voluntary, informed consent to use of meningococcal vaccine and all vaccines.  Click here to learn more about the meningococcal vaccine and disease.
Register NOW for Meeting in Concord, NH
The June 15 meeting in Concord, NH from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. is free and open to the public. No childcare is available. Space is limited. Registration is required for participation and you must be able to attend the meeting for the entire day.
To register online, visit http://keystone.org/registration/concord. To register by phone, call 1-866-276-7083 or by fax at 970-262-0152.  Participants registering online and attending the full meeting are eligible to receive $75.
Stay Tuned to NVIC
NVIC will publish more information as it becomes available about the July meetings in Seattle, Chicago, and Denver.

Posted: 6/8/2011 7:32:20 AM | with 3 comments


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