NH DHHS - CDC is Seeking Public Comment on Childhood Vaccination and Meningococcal Disease

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is seeking input surrounding the childhood immunization schedule. Specifically the CDC is seeking comments on whether and how to expand the types of information used when considering whether to add a new vaccine to the childhood immunization schedule. DHHS and the CDC are hosting a meeting in Concord on June 15th to hear from professionals and the general public about this topic.

The public discussion in Concord is one of four meetings happening around the country. The federal Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) will use the information gathered to help determine whether and how additional views from the public and health care providers could be incorporated into the vaccine recommendation process. The basis for the discussion will be new vaccines that have been developed to prevent meningococcal disease in infants and young children.

The facilitated meeting in Concord is intended to solicit views and perspectives on what factors the ACIP and CDC should take into account when developing recommendations for how to best use vaccines that protect children from relatively rare but often very serious diseases. Newly developed meningococcal vaccines, for instance, have the potential to protect infants and very young children from relatively rare, but often very serious, types of meningitis. Attendance at the meeting is limited, and participation is free. Pre-registration is required to participate, and those wishing to attend must attend the meeting for the entire day.

The meeting is at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, 29 Hazen Drive in Concord on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

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This public session is a collaborative effort by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, and The Keystone Center.