Protect Infants Now – Infant Meningitis Awareness

MeningitisVaccinations are one of the most controversial issues today. Start a discussion on the topic and things can get heated pretty quickly. While I understand that vaccines are a touchy subject for many parents, I want to assure you that this post is only to spread awareness about the dangers of infant meningitis. While I respect your decision not to vaccinate, I encourage you to do your own research and then decide if you support the vaccine for meningitis.

What is Meningitis?

Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. It is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection. The signs of this disease often mimic symptoms of the flu and can kill a previously healthy child within 24-48 hours of the first symptoms.

In persons over age 2, common symptoms are high fever, headache, and stiff neck. Since these signs are hard to detect in newborns and infants, typical sign to lookout for are inactivity, irritability, poor feeding and vomiting.

While there are vaccines available to protect against this deadly disease, they are not currently universally recommended for infants. Meningitis Angels, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about meningitis, is working to change this. One step they are taking in this fight is through Protect Infants Now, a campaign asking the CDC to recommend infant meningococcal vaccines be given to infants. Through the online Protect Infants Now (PIN) Petition, you can voice your support on whether infants two years and younger should be immunized against meningitis.

Check out this informative video on Meningococcal Meningitis:

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.

About Catherine

Catherine is a self-proclaimed "organization junkie" living in Los Angeles. She blogs about family, entertainment, food and anything else that pops into her mind.

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