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:
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.
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
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).