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Angels Founder Frankie Milley is Encouraged by CDC's First Regional Meeting on Infant Meningitis Vaccines
Date:6/16/2011

CONCORD, N.H., June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday held the first of four regional meetings to gather public opinion about adding meningitis vaccines to the current infant immunization schedule.

Meningitis Angels Founder and National Director Frankie Milley attended and voiced her support for protecting infants from this deadly disease through vaccination:

"I want to thank the CDC and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services for inviting me to participate in yesterday's discussion. It was a great opportunity to bring together all points of view on this important issue. I'm looking forward to attending the remaining regional meetings in Seattle, Chicago and Denver, which take place over the next few weeks.

"Meningococcal disease remains one of the most deadly vaccine-preventable diseases. And infants are still among the highest at risk for meningococcal disease.  While too many die, too many others are left with serious life-long debilitations. But by making vaccines available to infants, we are making life-saving strides against this disease.

"Now is an extremely important moment in the fight against meningococcal disease. With the recent FDA approval of a vaccine for children as young as 9 months old, and two additional vaccines for children as young as 2 months old being considered for approval – as well as a Group B meningococcal vaccine in the pipeline – my 13-year fight to eliminate this horrendous disease in the U.S. will hopefully soon end in victory.  I am encouraged by the positive response towards vaccination from the participants and observers at yesterday's regional meeting.

"If recent meningitis survivor Sakura Barden had been vaccinated, she would not have lost her fingers, her toes or her arm. This disease is deadly, it's debilitating a
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