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Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: January 23, 2009
Contact: Division of News & Electronic Media, Office of Communication
(404) 639-3286

CDC to Discuss Increase in Hib Meningitis Cases

Parents Urged to Make Sure Infants and Children Under Five Are Fully Vaccinated


Dr. Anne Schuchat, Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)
Dr. Ruth Lynfield, Minnesota State Epidemiologist


CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health will discuss the current situation in regards to Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) cases in Minnesota, the availability of the Hib vaccine and recommendations for healthcare providers and parents.  Hib meningitis is a severe bacterial infection, occurring primarily in infants and children under five years of age.


Friday, January 23, 1:00 p.m., ET Brief remarks followed by Q&A


The briefing will begin promptly; media should dial in a few minutes before the start of the conference.


Media: 888-795-0855
Listen Only: 800-857-5742
International: 212-547-0466
Passcode: CDC Media

Important instructions:

If you would like to ask a question during the call, press *1 on your touchtone phone. Press *2 to withdraw your question. You may queue up at any time. You will hear a tone to indicate your question is pending.

Listen-Only Audio Webcast

This media availability will also available via listen-only audio web cast at


A transcript of this media briefing will also be available at the CDC web site at


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