Perhaps One of the Most Unnecessary Vaccines Ever
July 14, 2011
Barbara Loe Fisher is a pioneer in vaccine education and safety, and the co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC). Over the past 25 years, she’s been appointed to several federal vaccine advisory committees as a consumer representative because of her leadership role in the area of consumer advocacy.
Here, she warns about the possibility of yet more doses of another vaccine being added to the routine infant vaccine schedule: the meningococcal vaccine for meningitis. Learn why this may not be a smart vaccine policy change and how you can, personally, give the CDC your opinion at public engagement meetings in Chicago and Denver this month.
Some parents have already spoken up at a recent forum on vaccines; some testifying for it, others riling against it. As reported by The Seattle Times:
"[W]hat poses the greater risk: vaccines, or the diseases they're made to prevent? Should all children undergo vaccination — and its risks — to prevent a relatively rare, but potentially dangerous disease?... For a full day, more than 100 people wrestled with questions of safety, cost and effectiveness of a vaccine for meningococcal meningitis, one of several types of the disease, which can cause inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord."