Protecting Georgia’s Youth: Advocating for Meningococcal Vaccination

As a staunch advocate for public health, I raise concerns over proposed changes to the meningococcal vaccination schedule. Meningitis poses a significant threat to adolescents, and the current schedule, including doses at 11-12 and 16, has proven effective. Removing the initial dose risks leaving children unprotected, especially as vaccination rates drop in older adolescents.

Moreover, such changes could exacerbate health disparities, particularly impacting communities of color. We must prioritize evidence-based policy and equity in healthcare access.

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I call upon the ACIP and CDC to reconsider, ensuring the well-being of all Georgians. Let’s unite in safeguarding our youth’s health and future.

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