The move would be an effort to further wean Americans from addictive tobacco products and reduce smoking-related illnesses.
Most Americans now carry some immune protection, experts said, whether from vaccines, infection or both.
The scientists are expected to vote on Saturday. If endorsed, as expected, children’s vaccines could be available as soon as Tuesday.
Be aware but don’t panic, say health officials and advocates as cases of the disease tick upward in New York and around the country.
States have already ordered millions of doses; if the agency authorizes them in the coming days, babies, toddlers and preschoolers could start receiving shots next week.