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CDC to Discuss Increase in Hib Meningitis Cases

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

For Immediate Release: January 23, 2009
Contact: CDC Media Relations (404) 639-3286

Who:

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

What:

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.

When:

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

Where:

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

Dial-In:

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 http://www.videonewswire.com/event.asp?id=55325

TRANSCRIPT

A transcript of this media briefing will also be available at the CDC web site at www.cdc.gov/media.

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