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CDC still listening to youth vaccination debate
Los Angeles Times

Mediators were dispatched to help keep the conversation civil at a health forum in Chicago last week — a clear sign of the passionate opinions elicited by the debate about whether the federal government should recommend that babies be vaccinated against meningitis.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends meningitis immunizations for children ages 11 to 18 to help prevent the rare but potentially fatal bacterial meningitis. But the recent FDA approval of a vaccine for babies as young as 9 months has prompted federal officials to consider adding it to the 16 immunizations on the CDC recommendation schedule.