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Summer Schedule: CDC Public Meeting On Meningococcal Vaccine Policy

By Theresa Wrangham
Published June 29, 2011 in Infectious Diseases & Vaccines

The Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) next stop in their public engagement meetings on meningococcal vaccine policy options is Seattle, Washington on July 12th followed by meetings in Chicago on July 21 and Denver on July 25. The CDC is seeking public feedback on a proposal to give a series of meningococcal shots to babies under one year old. 
NVIC is questioning the safety, effectiveness and cost of the proposed expansion of meningococcal vaccine use in children. The proposal would add three to four doses of meningococcal vaccine in infancy to the already recommended doses at 11-12 years of age and for all college freshmen. Currently, the CDC recommends 48 doses of 14 vaccines for children from day of birth to age six with more than half of the doses given before 12 months of age.
NVIC Questions Proposed Policy, Opposes Mandates
NVIC attended a CDC vaccine stakeholder meeting on May 25 in Washington, D.C. and expressed concern that almost all universal use vaccine 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. 
Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection that occurs rarely in the United States. Out of the U.S. population of 308 million people, meningococcal disease is estimated to affect between 1400 and 3000 American children and adults (.05-1.1 per 100,000) every year. Click here to learn more about the meningococcal vaccine and disease. 
July Meeting Schedule and Registration Information 
NVIC has obtained registration information for ALL meetings. We strongly encourage the public to attend these meetings and voice their opinion about expanding the recommended use of meningococcal vaccine to infants and the mandates that will surely follow such recommendations. 
Attendees are requested to stay for the full day. Those who pre-register and attend the full meeting are eligible to receive $75.00 from The Keystone Center, the meeting facilitator.
Meeting Date &
Registration Information Meeting Location
July 12
Seattle, WA

 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. (registration begins at 9 a.m.)
Online Registration:
Phone: 1-866-276-7083
Fax: 970-262-0152
Shoreline Conference Center
Shoreline Room
18560 1st Ave NE
Shoreline, WA 98155
July 21
Chicago, IL
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. (registration begins at 9 a.m.)
Online Registration:
Phone: 1-866-276-7083
Fax: 970-262-0152
Event Flyer
Holiday Inn Chicago O’Hare
5615 North Cumberland Ave
Chicago, IL
July 25
Denver, CO
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. (registration begins at 9 a.m.)
Online Registration:
Phone: 1-866-276-7083
Fax: 970-262-0152
Event Flyer
Children's Hospital Colorado
Mt Yale Conference Room
13123 E 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045

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1 Responses to "Summer Schedule: CDC Public Meeting On Meningococcal Vaccine Policy "
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Dr. Graeme Gibson, D.C.
Posted: 7/13/2011 2:44:17 PM
Well the meeting happened yesterday and it received limited news coverage. From what I understand it was one sided affair in spite of the reasonable turnout by those who prefer choice over a mandate. The news article in the Seattle Times was certainly one sided, but did show a photo of a man who lost his daughter following a vaccination. Following it spoke about a boy who lost limbs and digits to bacterial meningitis and quoted him as saying it was his life's work to educate people. It then went on with a doctor questioning a laypersons understanding of science in their questioning of what is okay for the public. They also quoted a person who was questioning the time the CDC called the meeting, in the middle of the day with little possibility of both sides equally attending.
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