An outbreak of invasive meningitis (meningococcal disease) has been identified among men who have sex with men, especially men who are HIV-infected.
The Health Department recommends meningococcal vaccination for the following persons:
- Men who have sex with men and are HIV-infected
- Men, regardless of their HIV status, who have regular close or intimate contact with men met either through a website, smartphone application (app), bar, or party
If you meet either of these criteria, ask your doctor if you need a vaccination. The vaccine is best given in the context of regular medical care, so check with your medical care provider first.
If your provider doesn't have the vaccine, you can visit one of the City's clinics. The vaccine is also available at many pharmacies throughout the City.
You can also text VAXALERT to 877877 to find a vaccination location near you.