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Tell the CDC to approve the Meningitis vaccine for ALL at risk individuals. TIME SENSITIVE * PLEASE LINK AND REPOST Folow twitter.com/ActVInfectiousD
Meningitis B is horrible but it is preventable. Unfortunately, the vaccine, approved in the EU, is not available in the USA.
As .national media has demonstrated, the people want the Bexsero vaccine under the same Investigational New Drug protocol as at Princeton.
However the Princeton target population excludes the janitors who clean the bathrooms and the student health care workers who work directly with sick students EVEN IF THEY PAY or their Union pays the cost of Bexsero vaccination themselves!
Isla Vista is the community Iin which UCSB is situated. Unlike Princeton, it has a warm Mediterranean climate which is conducive to outdoor living year round. There are estimated to be ,6000 houseless (or homeless") folks in the county. Many of these call Isla Vista their home
Indeed, this has been the case since at least the sixties and seventies. when this 'Little Berkeley' boasted its' own Tipi Village and sought incorporation as an actual town.
Sadly. ,the longstanding homeless lunch program shut its doors a few months ago. As a result, too many of these urban nomads scrounge food from dumpsters or survive off scraps and leftovers.
These folks are at high risk of aquiring bacterial meningitis, There a no place else to get something to eat if one is flat broke and many shrug off the risk of disease.
However, HEAL (Health Empowerment and Love), a project of Santa Barbara Interfaith Initiative, had successfully promoted flu shots and supported the Cough Hygiene Initiative, We distribute hand sanitizer and give LED headlamps to Neighbors Without Homes who learn about disease prevention through our outreach.
What works for influenza can work for meningitis, Just as many unhoused people eagerly seek a flu shot for protection during the often rainy flu season, many will embrace protection from the virulent menace posed by meningococcus IF THE GOVERNMENT ALLOWS IT!
All recipients hereto are earnestly requested to apply the resources and influence of their good offices to advocate for and expedite implementation of an Investigational New Drug approval for Novartis Bexsero in such manner aforesaid as to be available to all who are at heightened risk of exposure to virulent meningococcus which has so unexpectedly and tragically attacked the University community.