Meningitis outbreak: Department of Health expands vaccination recommendations

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In response to a meningitis outbreak, the New York Department of Health (DOH) is strongly recommending that people at high risk of getting meningitis — get the vaccine for it:  

“Vaccinations are now advised for men, regardless of HIV status, who regularly have intimate contact with other men met through a website, digital application (“App”), or at a bar or party.

The Health Department also continues to recommend vaccinations for all HIV-positive men who have sex with men.” — Department of Health

Meningococcal disease is a severe bacterial infection of the bloodstream that can result in death very quickly. Common symptoms include high fever, headache, vomiting, stiff neck, and a rash. Symptoms may occur two to 10 days after exposure, but usually within five days.  
If you need the vaccine  
Call your doctor and say that you need the quadravalent meningococcal vaccination. If you have vaccine coverage through Empire and you are in the high risk group, we will cover this vaccine — if you’re not sure you have this coverage, call the Customer Support number on your Empire ID card. If you don’t have a doctor, you can use our Find a Doctor tool on empireblue.com
Find out more 
More information about the meningococcal disease outbreak among at-risk men can be found on health.ny.gov/diseases/aids/campaign/meningococcal_vaccination/. For additional details to further understand Meningitis, you can link to Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 

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