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Meningococcal Disease Outbreak, Southern California, 2016

There is an ongoing outbreak of meningococcal disease in Southern California, primarily among gay and bisexual men. Meningococcal disease causes meningitis and bloodstream infections, which can be deadly. Due to this community outbreak, health officials in Southern California are urging all gay and bisexual men and HIV-infected people in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease with a meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY).

Outbreak Vaccine Recommendations: Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties

  • Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men should be vaccinated.
  • All people with HIV should be vaccinated.
  • If previously vaccinated but it has been more than 5 years, you should be vaccinated again if you are in one or both of the groups listed in the first two bullets.

You can locate where to get vaccinated by using the HealthMap Vaccine Finder or by contacting your local health department.

For more information about the outbreak and vaccine recommendations, visit these California health department websites:


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