CDC holding meetings on meningitis vaccine

Representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are gathered in Seattle to mull over whether young children should be required to have a vaccine for meningitis.
During a public meeting on Tuesday, those on both sides of the issue spoke out. Washington state has one of the highest rates of parents that have refused to have their children vaccinated, Kiro TV reports.
"If there is such a thing, and it works and makes any sense, it could have saved Phoenix," Dixon Anderson said, according to Kiro TV.
Anderson lost his seven-month-old grandson to meningococcal disease six years ago.
"My daughter died after getting a vaccine," Michael Belkin said, according to Kiro TV. "People should (be able) to make an informed decision, and they should be able to say no."
The CDC is holding meetings in three other states before it makes a decision on the vaccination requirement.
According to the CDC, meningitis is a disease caused by the inflammation of the protective membranes that cover the spinal cord and brain known as the meninges. The inflammation is caused by an infection of the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. Bacterial meningitis is usually more severe than viral, parasitic or fungal meningitis. The CDC currently recommends that all 11-12 year olds be vaccinated with the meningococcal conjugate vaccine and that a booster dose be given at 16 years.