Meningitis vaccine approved for infants

April 26, 2011 9:14:07 AM PDT
The FDA has approved the drug Menactra, clearing the way for infants and toddlers as young as 9 months to get a vaccine to prevent meningitis.

For years, the vaccine has been used on those over the age of 2 to prevent the leading forms of bacterial meningitis.

Babies are particularly vulnerable to the potentially deadly disease.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. Even with proper care, up to 15 percent of those who develop it die.