This month, a CDC panel in Atlanta will decide whether to recommend new vaccines for a fifth strain of bacterial meningitis.
That type, meningitis B, has become the most common cause of meningococcal disease in children and adolescents, says Rhonda Butler, the Georgia team leader for Meningitis Angels, a nonprofit supporting families affected by bacterial meningitis.
Butler, in a new GHN Commentary, writes of the pain of losing a young daughter to the disease.
“With the ability to vaccinate against all five strains of meningitis now within our reach, we must make sure that all children get that chance at protection,’’ she says.
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