Officials urge gay men to get meningitis vaccination

Christine Quinn
Credit: Metro File Photo.

Officials urged gay men to get vaccinated against meningitis after an outbreak in the city.

The Health Department reported that 17 cases have been reported since 2012, and 22 cases since 2010.

Seven of those cases were fatal, according to the Health Department.

Officials are worried that the danger will spread further.

“The meningitis outbreak in New York City is literally a life and death matter,” Assembly member Micah Kellner said.

LGBT advocates and elected officials are urging people to get vaccinated immediately

“Men who have sex with men should protect themselves from this potentially fatal disease,” City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said.

To find a location to get vaccinated, call 311.



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