Preventable infant death is a difficult topic to discuss. There is no greater loss than that of a child. There are obvious dangers, that we as parents know to be wary of. Then there are those threats that with no signs at all can rob a child of having a full life. Meningitis is one of those silent dangers, taking the lives of 1 in 16 infants who contract the disease.
We are partnering with Meningitis Angels in the Protect Infants Now Campaign, to bring about Infant Meningitis Awareness and to ask you to sign a petition asking the CDC to recommend Infant Meningococcal Vaccines.
Why is this so important?
Meningococcal Disease is a leading cause of Meningitis which is an infection of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord, as well as a life threatening bloodstream infection. The disease begins with non-specific flu-like symptoms and progresses extremely rapidly. The aggressive nature of the disease makes it difficult to diagnose and treat.
Aside from injuries and neonatal complications, Meningococcal Disease is among the leading causes of preventable in death in the US. More staggering is the fact that approximately 50-60% of these cases are vaccine preventable.
Infants are particularly at risk from Meningococcal Disease. Recent CDC estimates reveal that Meningococcal Disease incidence is 3 to 7 times higher in infants under one year of age, with the highest risk being during the first 7 months of life. Meningococcal Disease affects infants and teens in particular. Huge steps have already been taken by the CDC to prevent the disease in teens and young adults. It is time for the CDC to take similar measures to protect infants.
About Meningitis Angels
Meningitis Angels is a national non-profit organization founded i memory of Ryan Wayne Milley, the only child of Bab and Frankie Milley. Ryan lost his life at age 18 to Meningococcal Meningitis/Meningococcemia. Currently, one of the largest Meningitis organizations globally, Meningitis Angels provides education on Meningitis and other vaccine preventable diseases.
Please join us in this Meningitis Awareness Campaign and sign the Protect Infants Now Petition.
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.